PERINATAL INFANT MENTAL HEALTH
QEC has formed a partnership with Southern Health Integrated Perinatal Infant Mental Health (IPIMH) psychiatric services to provide primary and secondary consultation. A psychiatrist visit every week for 4 hour. QEC is also in partnership with IPIMH to co-host a monthly network meeting for practitioners in the southern region.
BUMPS TO BABES AND BEYOND
QEC in partnership with Mildura Aboriginal Coorporation received funding from the Vulnerable Aboriginal Children and Families Strategy from the Department of Health and so began the Bumps to Babes and Beyond project. This project enhances services currently offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders women and their families in the Mildura Region. The Bumps to Babes and Beyond Project commenced in June 2011 and the program started to receive referrals in January 2012. The Program is providing case management, support, education, and facilitated groups for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women during their pregnancy and the first 18 months of their child’s life.
During the program a separate research component will gather the experiences of women attending the group and the strategies they found important to enhance the connection between their children and them, their family and themselves and connection with their community. These experiences in the third trimester, at birth, a 6, 12 and 18 months will be represented in a series of paintings by Sharon Kirby a local Aboriginal artist. The paintings will illustrate the families’ journeys and stories.
MILDURA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION
QEC Education Team provides Family Partnership Model Reflective Practice sessions to Mildura Aboriginal Corporation early years team.
CITY OF GREATER DANDENONG
QEC Education Team provides Family Partnership Model Reflective Practice to City of Greater Dandenong Maternal & Child Health Team.
CHILDFIRST & INTEGRATED FAMILY SERVICES (IFS) LATROBE/BAW BAW
This pilot project will provide each of the 24 Child FIRST catchments with a Senior Early Childhood Development Worker (SECDW) who will focus on two key objectives:
Systemic improvement for vulnerable children (0-5 years) through developing and enhancing partnerships between Child FIRST/Family Services and universal and secondary early years' services. This will include undertaking scoping to identify and prioritise local barriers and challenges, developing strategic responses to address the identified barriers, providing targeted professional education sessions to early years services and strengthening referral pathways.
Service enhancements for vulnerable children (0-5 years) through developing and facilitating targeted capacity building activities to enhance family services and early years' practitioner skills in assessing, planning and responding to early childhood developmental needs. This will include providing professional education sessions to Child FIRST/family services staff, provision of specific case consultancy on early childhood.