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Early childhood families and schools together (FAST) program

 

Overview

This program was an early intervention and prevention program undertaken by the Northern Territory (NT) Christian Schools Association, in partnership with Anglicare NT's East Arnhem Communities for children program. The program ran in 2006 in remote communities throughout the NT, including:

The program addressed a need for strengthening parenting skills among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in these communities. The main focus was on the adapted implementation of the Families and schools together (FAST) program, a national collaborative and time-limited prevention and parent involvement program designed to address three problems:

Children aged 4-9 years who displayed behaviour problems (at school and at home), poor self-esteem, short attention span and hyperactivity were targeted by teachers for the program.

Abstract adapted from Anglicare NT

Contacts

Mark Boonstra
FAST Australia
43 Kunama Drive
Kingston TAS 7050
Ph: (03) 6229 3343

Related publications

Commissioner for Children and Young People WA (2012)

Building blocks: best practice programs that improve the wellbeing of children and young people – edition one.

Perth: Commissioner for Children and Young People WA

This report, prepared by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in Western Australia, provides the details of 82 evidence-based programs from WA and across Australia. These programs demonstrate best or promising practice and all aim to increase the wellbeing of children and young people. Each program addresses at least one of the eight areas of wellbeing:

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

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Last updated: 5 March 2014
 
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