Extending reach of Healthy Mothers Healthy Families to Victorian communities: configuring a sound version for mothers and Association for Children with a Disability, Victoria.

Project: Research

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Project Description

The Healthy Mothers Healthy Families (HMHF) (see http://www.healthymothers-healthyfamilies.com/) program was developed by Monash researchers for the Victorian community of mothers of a child with a disability. Helen Bourke-Taylor and Fiona Jane are the sole facilitators of the 13 hour workshop (1day&2evenings). HMHF empowers and encourages mothers to create a healthy lifestyle that fosters their own health and wellbeing, alongside a healthy, happy family life. Substantial research underpins the program. We have been featured in The Age and SMH (http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/no-respite-for-mothers-caring-for-children-with-a-disability-20170105-gtmfiu.html) interviewed by ABC rural radio, and have delivered the program to >400 mothers in Melbourne, Sydney, Geelong, Wodonga and Chicago USA. The program is fully packaged for the two presenters--books, worksheet, powerpoint slide package, risk management protocol and a website. No mother has ever paid to attend. As the program owners, we want to increase the availability of the program to the target group. We believe that volunteer mothers or parent support workers from the Association for Children with a Disability can be trained to deliver at least part of the workshops and that participants would be very receptive to a peer facilitator/mentor mother in the workshops. This is a step towards making HMHF sustainable and more broadly available in Victoria.
Short titleHealthy Mothers
Effective start/end date27/11/1715/02/19


  • Jack Brockhoff Foundation: A$29,664.00