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This program promoted improvement in the health of Aboriginal women and their babies, recognising the traditional cultural approaches to parenting and lifestyle, and supporting pregnant Aboriginal women and their babies through better diet, education and antenatal care. The aim was to increase the birthweight of babies and improve early childhood development. It followed a successful initiative in the Northern Territory.
The Strong family, strong culture (SFSC) program aimed to:
Since the program commenced there has been a significant increase in funding to Aboriginal and maternal and child health from national and state governments, meaning that other agencies are now delivering many of the services provided by SFSC. The program has now transferred its remaining clients to other service providers.
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