The First 1000 Days Symposiums

Onemda is holding four Symposiums to progress the First 1000 Days agenda, and to develop a Framework that will be ready for implementation in 2016.

Please email for more information or if you are interested in attending the fourth Policy and Implementers Symposium.

Making the World of Difference: The First 1000 Days Scientific Symposium – Thursday 2 April 2015

The aim of the first of the four Symposiums was to support the widespread development and implementation of evidence-based strategies and interventions into the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from conception to the age of two, and to facilitate key collaborations between community and agency stakeholders. A report on the Scientific Symposium is available for download here [PDF 2.6MB].

The First 1000 Days: Researchers’ Forum – Wednesday 26 August 2015

The second Symposium was aimed at researchers and implementers of projects operating across different national sites to develop both an understanding of what data is being collected and why it is being collected and to develop core data that can be used in comparisons across jurisdictions and regions. It focused on current datasets and how they can be used, and birth cohorts in Australia. A program of the day is available here.

Strengthening Families through the First 1000 Days: Community Governance Symposium – Thursday 27 August 2015

The third Symposium was specifically for community people and organisations to focus on the development of community governance frameworks for the First 1000 Days research sites being negotiated across Australia. Its aim was to identify how to engage with and support families, to take and use strengths-based approaches and to identify key methods for engaging fathers and extended family members in modelling activities and the early years workforce. A program of the day is available here.

The First 1000 Days: Policy and Implementers Symposium – Thursday 5 November 2015   

The fourth and final Symposium will target policy makers and influencers to identify ways in which policy processes can respond to the evidence generated from First 1000 Days sites, and replicate these findings into other areas of activity across Victoria and nationally. More about this Symposium is available here with a program out soon.