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Arctic Model of the First 1000 Days

Status: 
Completed

This project explored engagement strategies in which an Arctic Model of the First 1000 Days could be adapted for Sami communities in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. This collaboration was supported by researchers from the University of Tromsø, Norway and the University of Melbourne.

Encouraged by the Indigenous-led engagement methods used by First 1000 Days Australia, researchers and clinicians from the University of Tromsø, Norway are developing a program of work to develop an Arctic Model of the First 1000 Days.

The Indigenous Australian methods of engagement and knowledge generation employed by First 1000 Days Australia are being adapted to assist in the genesis of a model applicable for Sami families. Two focus groups have been run by our Norwegian colleagues: a workshop to plan a larger Arctic Model of the First 1000 Days forum that will bring together Sami researchers, community workers, implementers and policy makers from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia; the second to develop novel strategies for an Arctic Model for Sami people across Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia in early 2017.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Ritte, R., Panozzo, S., Johnston, L., Agerholm, J., Kvernmo, S., Rowley, K. & Arabena, K. 2016, 'An Australian Model of the First 1000 Days: An Indigenous-led process to turn an international initiative into an early-life strategy benefiting Indigenous families', Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics, 1(e11):10