A Better Future for Indigenous Australians – Health @ Home Plus

Health @ Home Plus, a nurse-led home visiting program for mothers and babies, will improve children’s health during the first weeks of life, and reduce maternal smoking, childhood injuries and child abuse and neglect.

Page last updated: 08 May 2007

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Why is this important?

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children generally have worse health than other Australian children. They are twice as likely to be of low birth weight and to die before their first birthday.
  • Extensive international and local evidence has established that nurse-led home visiting programs for mothers and babies are an effective way to improve outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children.

Who will benefit?

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged up to two years old and their families in specific outer regional and remote areas will benefit from dedicated, intensive home visiting services to improve child development and provide help with early learning, diet and physical health, and parenting skills.
  • Those children most in need will also be supported until they are eight years old to help them make a successful transition to school.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Commonwealth Government is committing new funding of $37.4 million over four years to Health @ Home Plus. More than 60 health professionals, including nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers, will be engaged by the fourth year of the measure.

What have we done in the past?

  • Health @ Home Plus will complement the Medicare Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Health Check which enabled 4,791 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across Australia to receive a comprehensive health assessment in the 11 months to March 2007.
  • Through Healthy for Life, a $102.4 million program announced in 2005-06, more than 80 primary health care services will be delivering child and maternal health care, prevention, early detection, and chronic disease management for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This is an ongoing initiative.

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