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Indigenous early childhood development. New Directions: mothers and babies services

Posted on: 13 June, 2012
Issue: Vol 12 No 2, April 2012 – June 2012
Related to Closing the gap Health services Immunisation Policies Infants and young children Women

Australian National Audit Office (2012)
Indigenous early childhood development. New Directions: mothers and babies services
Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

The Indigenous early childhood development national partnership (IECD NP) focuses on improving access to, and the use of, maternal and child health services. The New directions: mothers and babies services is a program under this partnership, funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA).

Service delivery under the IECD NP includes:

  • antenatal and postnatal care
  • standard information about baby care
  • advice and assistance with breastfeeding, nutrition and parenting
  • monitoring developmental milestones, immunisation and infections
  • health checks and referrals prior to starting school.

This audit report examines how effective DoHA has been in administering the New directions: mother and babies services program.

The audit includes key findings on:

  • program development and planning for effective service delivery
  • program implementation
  • performance monitoring and reporting.

Recommendations and DoHA’s response are also presented.

Abstract adapted from Australian National Audit Office summary

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