THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
Minister for Indigenous Health
Stronger and prouder involvement in parenting will be promoted among Aboriginal men in the East Arnhem Land and Nhulunbuy regions through a new Australian Government initiative, the federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, said today.
“Two local projects will give men culturally-appropriate information about fatherhood and grandfatherhood—to strengthen their role in nurturing the development of children,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Our projects are two of 13 starting nationwide under a $7.4 million rollout under the Australian Government’s Strong Fathers Strong Families program in New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Laynhapuy Homelands Association will receive $356,903 and Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation will be provided with $904,190 to deliver fatherhood programs.
Mr Snowdon says Laynhapuy Homelands Association will employ a program coordinator, a Mens’ Aboriginal Health Worker and casual support staff from the community to deliver programs which engage local fathers and their families to provide culturally-appropriate training in parenting skills.
The Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation program will focus on developing a partnership with the existing Mums and Bubs Program and other existing services to engage young men and facilitate their participation in the healthcare and wellbeing of their partners and children, employing two full time community workers and one doctor.
Each locality will gain an antenatal project that will engage Aboriginal males and help them prepare for fatherhood.
“These new programs will use local community and group activities to promote positive, healthy, active involvement with their children during their early development,” Mr Snowdon said.
“These new local projects will further strengthen parenting partnerships, and will help fathers get involved with their wives and partners during pregnancy.”
The Strong Fathers, Strong Families initiative is part of the nation’s first male health policy and it is succeeding in strengthening the knowledge, skills and confidence of Aboriginal men as role models for the children in their communities.
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