The First 1000 Days

Goal of the First 1000 Days

To provide a coordinated, comprehensive intervention to address the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from conception to two years of age, thereby laying the foundation for their future health and wellbeing.

To maximise the potential of all children, Onemda has been developing the First 1000 Days Framework to focus attention on the nutritional, social, environmental, educational and family supports available for the developing infant and child. The strength of having an Australian Model is that it can address the social and cultural wellbeing, education and nutrition needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and is able to involve all levels of government and community partnerships.

Throughout 2015, four Symposiums are being held to inform the development and implementation of the Model, and to ensure that it is an informed process encompassing the values of spirit and integrity, reciprocity, respect, equality, survival and protection, and responsibility. The role of the Symposiums is to come up with a Model that has a shared plan for action with a clear, evidence-based strategy to support all vulnerable parents and their children in Australia, but with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

To date, we have generated several resources – Symposium reports and programs, presentations and flyers – and media interest in the First 1000 Days Australian agenda. These can be accessed by clinking on the links below.