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The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program (ANFPP) is a nurse-led home visitation program for first time mums (or first time mothering), who are having an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander baby

The ANFPP team starts the engagement process as early as possible –from weeks 16-28 of 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, child development, and family needs, as well as the home and future plans. The ANFPP is a culturally sensitive program, employing 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.

Winnunga also offers a range of regular programs such as:

  • No More Boondah
  • Women’s Group
  • Men’s Group
  • Healthy Cooking classes
  • Healthy Cooking group
  • Youth Diversion Program
  • Road to Recovery
  • Wellbeing Group

The Social Health Team also runs health promotion campaigns and community activities. One of their main aims is to promote pride in Aboriginal culture.

Who to contact:

For more information on the Social Health Team,

 or to access their services,

 please call (02) 6284 6222.