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A pilot program of the Australian Government has received funding to continue its operations for the next three years in Alice Springs, Northern Territory (NT).
The Australian nurse-family partnership program (ANFPP) services 100 mothers and their children from its NT headquarters. Nurses involved in the program say that it will reduce the likelihood of young people coming into contact with the youth justice system later on.
Nurse Alyce Sweeney said: 'The program is research-based and it shows that women who have been through the program for them in terms of their confidence around parenting, in terms of kids being ready to go to school, less involvement with welfare, that children in multiple generations after this program are less welfare dependant, have less contact with the juvenile justice system.'
The ANFPP supports women pregnant with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child to improve their own health and the health of their baby. This is achieved through fortnightly visits with Indigenous mothers and their children for two years after birth.
The ANFPP also operates from other sites around the country, inlcuding in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland.
Source: ABC News and the Australian nurse-family partnership program
Australian nurse-family partnership program (ANFPP) Support Service:
Claire Runciman (Team Leader)
Ph: (07) 3114 4630
Central Australian Aboriginal Congress
Ph: (08) 8953 2727