ACU Free Public Lecture - Dr Mike Freelander MP

When 13 Jun, 2018 6:00pm — 7:00pm Where Australian Catholic University, Canberra Campus, Antill Street, Watson
The 'first thousand days' - the period of time covering preconception through to a child's second birthday is critical in shaping health and wellbeing over the life course.

Intervention in this period is critical to breaking the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage and as a policy proposition has significant economic benefits as earlier investment in health, education, and family support yields higher returns for every dollar spent. Many challenges faced by adults, such as mental health issues, obesity, heart disease, criminality, and poor literacy and numeracy, can be traced back to pathways that originated in early childhood.

In Australia, a first thousand days model specific to Australian Indigenous communities had been developed by Professor Kerry Arabena. At the heart of the Australian model is the idea that in order to have the best start in life, children must be born and raised in happy, healthy, loving families. The approach is family centred, enabling families to draw on existing strengths in the community and indicate what additional help and supports they may need.
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