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Building the evidence base of First 1000 Days Australia: An evaluation of implementation outcomes


This project evaluated the implementation of a coordinated, community-based approach to service engagement, conceived of and led by Indigenous people. It was designed to foster resilience, leadership and innovation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families by focusing service systems on the early period of child development, from preconception to the age of two. Although understanding how this new approach translates to improved outcomes for families and children is of vital importance, the primary interest of this project was on implementation outcomes – the effective diffusion of this innovation into practice.

First 1000 Days Australia coordinates a comprehensive range of culturally appropriate strategies to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to harness and strengthen their capacity to meet the needs of their children so they are born and thrive in family environments that are empowered and safe. This project provided valuable insight into the implementation of this innovative model of service system engagement in three different community settings in two States (Queensland and Victoria), in partnership with:

  • Aboriginal Housing Victoria
  • Alannah & Madeleine Foundation
  • Save the Children Australia
  • Centre for Evidence and Implementation
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protection Peak Limited
  • Kinaway Chamber of Commerce Victoria Limited
  • Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Childcare Centre (SNAICC).

Key agencies in these communities, including the Queensland Government, committed financial support and resources to implementing the First 1000 Days Australia model.