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I'm an Aboriginal dad



This is an individual support and consultation service for Aboriginal fathers-to-be at the Mercy Hospital. The program is designed to assist Koorie fathers-to-be to play an active role in their families. Culturally appropriate services are delivered by an Indigenous Koorie counsellor and liaison coordinator.

The aims of the program are to empower families through strong fathering knowledge, and to share knowledge of parenting through gatherings of Koorie fathers, grandfathers and step fathers.

Participants can also be supported through access to the wider resources provided by Children's Protection Society such as counselling and family services, with cultural support by an Indigenous worker.

Abstract adapted from Children's Protection Society


Andrew Hacker
Team Leader
Fathers' Support Services
Ph: (03) 9450 0900

Related publications

Stewart M (2008)

‘I'm an Aboriginal Dad': An innovative collaborative community based program aimed at building the capacity of Indigenous fathers in growing up their kids.

Paper presented at the From margins to mainstream, 5th world conference on the promotion of mental health and the prevention of mental and behavioural disorders. 10-12 September, Melbourne Convention Centre


Last updated: 15 July 2013
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