Baby Makes 3 (31.08.2016)

Written on the 1 September 2016

31 August 2016



GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)


My adjournment matter this evening is for the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, and it relates to a very successful preventative program in relation to respectful relationships, which the Carrington Health service has been involved with. The program is Baby Makes 3.

The history to this program is that back in 2012 when the coalition government was doing some significant work in the very important area as is this government in the area of prevention of family violence, at that time the coalition government had the action plan to address violence against women and children, Everyone has a responsibility to act 2012 / 2015, and in that it had a number of recommendations and a number of initiatives that the government was doing. During this time in 2012 the then Department of Justice provided funding to the Baby Makes 3 program that was to run over three years, and it was involved in sites in the cities of Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Monash, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges.

I met with the program manager and CEO of Carrington Health last week and went through with them the very successful outcomes that they have had from that program.

The program really targets messages for young couples, both fathers and mothers, about the difficulties that some parents do have in that transition phase after having a baby. It covers topics that include the transition to parenthood, expectations of mums and dads, who does what, gender roles, healthy relationships, meaningful equality, sex and intimacy, dealing with conflict, and communication, and it really is looking at that very important area of respectful relationships.

Now, the program and Carrington Health have had a lot of inquiries from local government areas right around the state. So there are 23 local governments that have delivered or are preparing to deliver Baby Makes 3 into first-time parents groups. That was across the eastern metropolitan areas and other areas the south coast and the eastern region and in Ballarat, Casey, Brimbank, Frankston and other areas.

The evaluation has been undertaken, and it has been found to be very, very effective. The action I ask of the minister is that the funding for this program continue so that it can be rolled out into these other areas where requests have been made for it to do so.



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