Do you know Healthy Start?
Healthy Start is an initiative of the Australian Supported Parenting Consortium (ASPC). The ASPC is a collaboration between the following two organisations:
- Parenting Research Centre
- Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration (Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney).
Healthy Start is a national capacity building strategy which aims to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children whose parents have learning difficulties.*
We do this by working with practitioners, managers, researchers and policy makers to access and exchange knowledge, information, resources and expertise about how best to support parents with learning difficulties and their children.
Individuals and organisations are supported to:
- Access best-practice information, summaries of latest research and evidence-based programs.
- Exchange knowledge with other professionals by sharing ideas and resources at supported events, workshops, or via the online Practice Network.
- Build the capacity of their existing networks, services and programs, coordinate local initiatives and become Healthy Start champions.
Activities include face-to-face forums, discussions, leadership development opportunities, and an online Practice Network to collaborate or connect with others locally and across Australia.
A collaborative approach between researchers, professionals and practitioners is integral to the aims of Healthy Start; they include enhancing practice, service design, policy development, research and evaluation.
Here is a video of Ashley Odgers, a speaker at last year’s national forum talking about the support he received from Wanslea Family Services and the Healthy & Safe program:
* ‘Learning difficulties’ is the same thing than ‘intellectual disabilities’.