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The First 1000 Days



This program aims to provide a coordinated intervention to address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from conception to two years of age, thereby laying the future foundation for their health and wellbeing.

The first 1000 days framework focuses on the nutritional, social, environmental, educational and family supports available for the developing infant and child. The strength of this Australian based model is that it can address the social and cultural wellbeing, education and nutrition needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and is able to involve all levels of government and community partnerships.

The development and implementation of the model in 2015 was guided by four symposiums to ensure that it was an informed process, with a shared plan for action with a clear evidence-based strategy to support all vulnerable parents in Australia, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities.

This project is an initiative of Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne.

Abstract adapted from Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit


Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit
Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street
Carlton South Vic 3053
Ph: (03) 8344 3175 / (03) 8344 0813
Fax: (03) 8344 0824


Last updated: 3 February 2017
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