There are two activities under the Indigenous Australians’ Health Programme (IAHP) that are aimed at improving child and maternal health: the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) and New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services (NDMBS).
Funding of $94 million was provided in the 2014-15 Budget to expand efforts to improve child and maternal health through Better Start to Life commencing from July 2015 which includes:
- $40 million to expand the evidence-based ANFPP to increase support for high needs families from three sites to 13 sites (10 additional sites) by 2018; and
- $54 million to increase the number of sites providing NDMBS services from 85 to 136 (51 additional sites) over the three years to 2018.
The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program
The ANFPP is an evidence based programme that aims to improve pregnancy outcomes by helping women engage in good preventive health practices; support parents to improve their child’s health and development; and help parents develop a vision for their own future, including continuing education and finding work.
The programme is based on the US Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) model developed over the last 30 years by Professor David Olds and his team at the University of Colorado.
The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership website provides more information regarding the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program.
New Directions Mothers and Babies Services (NDMBS)
NDMBS provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with young children access to antenatal care, standard information about baby care, practical advice and assistance with breastfeeding nutrition and parenting; monitors developmental milestones, immunisation status and infections; and undertakes health checks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children before starting school.
Related Reports and Documents
New Directions Mothers and Babies Services Program Descriptive Analysis Report
Final Report - New Directions Mothers and Babies Services Program Descriptive Analysis (Word 2410 KB)
Final Report - New Directions Mothers and Babies Services Program Descriptive Analysis (PDF 1831 KB)
Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) 2012 audit of the NDMBS
ANAO Report— Indigenous Early Childhood Development New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services (online)