The Queensland Government has committed $150 million over five years to establish new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing services to better support vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families across the state.
From January 2017, the second stage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Services began rolling out in Ipswich, Beaudesert, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville and Palm Island.
The culturally responsive community-led services help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families safely care for their children at home and are expected to provide more than 60,000 hours of support to more than 1,300 families. They are in addition to four services that opened their doors on 1 December 2016 in South Burnett, Moreton Bay, Mackay and Roma.
The First 1000 Days Australia initiative is also working in partnership with family wellbeing services at its first two trial sites in Moreton Bay and Townsville. This integrated, holistic approach to wellbeing aims to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children the best start to life.
Induction training for the first 10 family wellbeing service providers will run on 27 and 28 February in Brisbane and services in an additional eight catchments are on track to start operating from 1 March.
The new services will make it easier for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in communities across Queensland to access culturally responsive support to improve their social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing, and build their capacity to safely care for and protect their children.
Find out more about the services here.