A number of programs are specifically managed for Aboriginal communities:

Aboriginal projects

Developing staff capacity in trauma-informed care for Aboriginal families 

Status: current

Description: Working in partnership with the NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV) to develop staff capacity in trauma-informed care for Aboriginal families through a series of training workshops and provision of funding to facilitate staff attendance.

​Deadly dads 

Status: current

Description: Funds are provided to the Australian Breastfeeding Association to develop and facilitate the Deadly Dads workshops.

Deadly Dads is a resource based program that uses everyday parenting items such as baby blankets, towels and nappies that are designed to bring Aboriginal men into the breastfeeding conversation. The program is implemented using a workshop format. Participants include Aboriginal Health Workers and community members.

Yarning with Aboriginal pregnant women and mothers about quitting - increasing the smoking cessation skills of health workers 

Status: current

Description: The development of a blended learning package to build capacity among staff working with Aboriginal women and families in providing culturally appropriate smoking cessation advice. Presentation slides, handouts and videos are available on the Aboriginal Health Training page.

Alcohol in pregnancy project for Aboriginal women and families

Status: current

​Description: A range of materials has been developed to raise awareness about the risks of drinking alcohol in pregnancy. 

The project aims to inform Aboriginal young people, families planning or expecting a baby, and support health professionals to discuss alcohol with pregnant Aboriginal women. 

Print materials, including posters, postcards, and a story book are available on the Your Room website. You can view all the videos.

Young Aboriginal people and health services - Our Health Our Way project  

Status: current

Description: The identification and promotion of best practice models for enhancing young Aboriginal people's access to appropriate healthcare. See the Our Health Our Way page for more information.

Dads know breast is best – video 

Status: current

Description: Developed and produced by South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD), this video was made in collaboration with a group of local Aboriginal men, and encourages Aboriginal fathers to support their partner in breastfeeding their babies. The video can be viewed through YouTube.

​Aboriginal cultural inclusion checklist for maternity services 

Status: current

Description: This  Aboriginal Cultural Inclusion Checklist is designed to improve the inclusiveness of maternity services to provide a welcoming environment for Aboriginal families. It also aims increase the awareness of maternity staff to the importance of cultural diversity in service provision.

Current as at: Thursday 2 June 2022
Contact page owner: Maternity, Child and Family