Home Visits for Vulnerable Families

Home Visits for Vulnerable Families
The Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) has introduced a new service called Sustaining NSW Families Program, which is currently being implemented.

Chris Crawford, Chief Executive, NNSW LHD said “The Program involves a Child and Family Nurse home visiting service that is offered to vulnerable families in the Lismore, Kyogle and Richmond Valley Local Government Areas (LGAs).

“The purpose of the service is to improve the health, development and wellbeing outcomes for women, children and families through a sustained home visiting program,” Mr Crawford Said.

Lisa Beasley, Manager for Community and Allied Health said “The service aims to improve the transition to parenting using a “strength based” approach by supporting mothers and families with psychosocial and environmental issues from the antenatal period until the baby’s second birthday.”

“This is a structured parenting program delivered by a Child and Family Health Nurse, who works with the family in conjunction with, and supported by, a full-time Social Worker and part-time Allied Health staff.”

This program structure focuses on:
  • § Early intervention
  • § The promotion of health
  • § Promoting positive parenting experiences
  • § Parent-child attachments
  • § Child and Family Health Screening with monitoring tools and brief interventions
  • § Engaging in Community Support Services.
The Sustaining NSW Families Program is available when booking into the Hospital where you intend to have your baby.

As a result of the questions asked at your initial ante-natal or post-natal visit, you may be offered additional support from the Sustaining NSW Families Program.

For more information and eligibility criteria, please contact Lisa Beasley on (02) 6620 2843

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