About Implementing Services
The ANFPP is being set up by health services across Australia. The program is currently being implemented at three sites. These are:
Wuchopperen Health Service, Cairns
Wuchopperen Health Service is a busy, multi-disciplinary Health Service owned and managed by the Cairns Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Wuchopperen provides a wide range of quality and professional services dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness, and to the medical, social and cultural needs of local and regional populations. Wuchopperen Health Service has been working for 35 years to ensure both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enjoy better levels of health so their families can contribute to, and share in, the economic wealth, cultural richness and prosperity of Tropical Far North Queensland.
In their ANFP program, Wuchopperen staff work to improve the long term health, social and economic future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children by assisting first-time pregnant mums and their families to develop knowledge and skills in essential child and maternal health principles and to give babies the very best start in life. Wuchopperen staff work in culturally appropriate ways to help new families grow strong, proud and resourceful children, and wise, healthy mums and dads. Wuchopperen uses the ANFPP to work towards closing the gap in the rates of illness, injury, disease and early death between Indigenous Australians and the rest of the population.
Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Alice Springs
The Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Inc (Congress) has for over 30 years established itself as a voice for the Aboriginal people in Central Australia and today continues to promote a broad approach to improving Aboriginal health. The basic inspiration for Congress remains: Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands.
The ANFPP office is located in the Jock Nelson Centre, 16 Hartley Street Alice Springs. It is part of Congress Alukura which is a women’s health and birthing centre dedicated to the provision of culturally appropriate antenatal, intrapartum, postnatal and women’s health care through its midwifery led Maternity Service and Women’s Health Clinic. The ANFP program in Alice Springs is called the Family Partnership Program or FPP.
Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service, Wellington
Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service (WACHS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation which strives to provide holistic health care to enhance the health and emotional wellbeing of the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community of Wellington and surrounding districts.
WACHS Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program is offered to first time mums of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children. Mums join the program before their 28th week of pregnancy and the Program continues until the child is two years of age. Home visits are provided by a Nurse Home Visitor and Aboriginal Family Partnership Worker. The program is offered to these eligible women who live in the Wellington or Dubbo area and intend to reside there after the baby is born.
Top End Health Service, Darwin
Top End Health Service has been funded to deliver the ANFPP in four remote Aboriginal communities. These communities are Wadeye, Maningrida, Gunbalanya and Wurrumiyanga, where primary health care services are delivered by the Northern Territory Government. The implementation of this adapted international model into the remote Northern Territory setting as an outreach model will be unique in Australia. One Nurse Home Visitor is allocated to each community and will work alongside a local Strong Women Worker to deliver the program. The Nurse Home Visitor will fly in and out of the community on a weekly basis throughout the year. The Nurse Supervisor and the office is based at the Palmerston Community Care Centre.