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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Strong fathers strong families program



The Strong fathers strong families (SFSF) program was an Australian Government initiative that aimed to promote the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers, partners, grandfathers and uncles, and encourage them to actively participate in their children’s and families’ lives, particularly in the antenatal period and early childhood development years.

The aim of the program was to:

The program operated across Australia with specific organisations in each state receiving funding to operate SFSF. In line with local community needs and cultural practices, these organisations conducted a variety of activities under the program, giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fathers and males increased access to:

The Strong fathers strong families program operated under the mandate that involving men in the lives of their children is crucial for the child’s health and well-being, having a strong intergenerational effect, and that fathers are a critical role model for their children.

Abstract adapted from Department of Health


Department of Health
Sirius Building
Furzer Street
Woden Town Centre ACT 2606
GPO Box 9848
Canberra ACT 2601
Ph: 1800 020 103 or (02) 6289 1555

Related publications

Australian Government strong fathers strong families program (2010)

Department of Health and Ageing


Last updated: 25 May 2015
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