TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
LABOR CANDIDATE FOR LA TROBE
BETTER CARE FOR PAKENHAM FAMILIES UNDER LABOR
A Shorten Labor Government will provide better support for new parents and their children by establishing a new Early Intervention Parenting Centre in Pakenham.
Labor will invest $2.5 million to establish the unit, which will deliver residential and day-stay parenting programs to ensure distressed, disadvantaged or vulnerable parents get the advice and help they need, while their children get the best possible start in life.
The population of this region of south-east of Melbourne is booming – almost doubling from 58,000 in 2006 to more than 100,000 in 2017. The population is expected to almost double again over the next 20 years.
This growing community needs a purpose-built facility to help deliver early intervention programs. Labor will partner with Cardinia Council – which has been advocating for this project – to make sure it is delivered.
There is growing research about the importance of the first five years of life for healthy brain development and good mental health throughout life.
Early intervention centres help families develop the skills required to maintain the health and wellbeing of young children.
For newborns, they can help with things like sleep, settling, feeding and attachment. For older kids it can help with school transition, particularly for disadvantaged families.
Facilities like this can also help with the early identification of autism, and provide the much needed support services those children and their parents need.
The facility will be located near the Monash Health Pakenham Health Centre and include 10 family rooms, two separate baby sleep rooms, a group meeting room with dining facilities, consulting suites and a laundry.
WEDNESDAY, 11 APRIL 2019