Program history in Australia
The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) is a part of the Australian Government's commitment to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with particular focus on maternal health and early childhood development.
In 2006 a decision was made by the Australian Government to fund an evidence-based program that would support mothers and babies in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The NFP was chosen based on the strong evidence of the program's efficacy. In 2008 the NFP was adapted for use in Australia to meet the requirements of the Australian health care system, including the geographical context and scope of nursing practice in all states and territories. It was also adapted to be more culturally suitable and appropriate for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. During this time the Department of Health, selected robust primary health care service organisations, with experience in providing Indigenous maternal and child services, to be the first sites to test and implement the program in Australia.
Following subsequent adaption to the Australian context in 2008, the implementation of the ANFPP began in 2009 and has since been running at health care services in the Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Cairns, Queensland and Wellington, New South Wales.