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The Indigenous parents support (IPS) program aims to enhance parenting skills, build more connected and resilient communities, reduce disadvantages due to isolation, and increase social engagement among families. It is delivered through three levels of involvement:
This program involved four Bardi Jawi communities: Beagle Bay, Ardyaloon, Lombadina, and Djarindjin. IPS employed six local community workers who were led by project coordinator and local community member Blanche Bowles. The IPS team worked to identify areas of opportunity and need, creating actions at a community, family, and individual level that responded to these opportunities and needs.
This program was a collaboration of Dr Andrew Guilfoyle from the School of Psychology and Social Science at Edith Cowan University and Save the Children Australia, and was funded by the Commonwealth Government.
Abstract adapted from Edith Cowan University