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Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program

The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) is a nurse-led home visitation program for first time mums (or first time to be mum), who are having an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander baby. The ANFPP team starts the engagement process as early as possible - usually between weeks 16-28 of the pregnancy. From there we continue to develop a therapeutic relationship with mum and her baby over the first 2 years of the baby’s life. During this time we walk beside mum and the family, and help identify goals, and strategies to achieve those goals. We assist with health, the child’s development needs, family needs, as well as the home and future plans. The ANFPP is a culturally sensitive and aware program, employing two Aboriginal Family Partnership Workers.

The ANFPP provides information and education to mothers using a strengths-based approach which builds the mother's capacity to identify solutions to problems. The mothers are thus empowered as they learn how to work with their strengths, realise the power of their own actions and gain a greater sense of control over their lives.

The underlying principles of the ANFPP are to improve the health, well-being and self-sufficiency of mothers and their children using a client-centered, strengths-based, solution-focused approach.

For more information, contact Malcolm Bennett on 6284 6222 or talk to your Winnunga GP, nurse or midwife.