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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 12 April 2018) . . Page.. 1431 ..


(1) What is the (a) total number and (b) names of, mother’s groups that are either (i) wholly funded or sponsored or run by the ACT Government, (ii) partly funded or sponsored or run by the ACT Government and (iii) receive official endorsements or referrals from ACT Government entities.

(2) What restrictions or conditions are placed on ACT Government supported mother’s groups, including any exclusions on participation.

(3) Can the Minister provide a copy of any applicable policies or guidelines.

(4) Do any Territory directorates or entities run internal mother’s groups which are exclusive to ACT Government Public Servants; if so, can the Treasurer identify (a) the directorate or entity, (b) the number of groups and (c) any restrictions on who can participate.

(5) Does the ACT Government provide referrals to mother’s groups to women having their (a) first child, (b) second child, (c) third child and (d) fourth or any further children; if so, what groups are available for referral for (i) first child, (ii) second child, (iii) third child and (iv) fourth or any further children.

(6) Can the Minister provide the total number of times the ACT Government referred mothers to mother’s groups during (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18 to date in relation to their (i) first child, (ii) second child, (iii) third child and (iv) fourth or any further children.

(7) Are ACT Government supported mother’s groups available to women whose children were born interstate; if not, why not; if so, how many women with children born interstate were referred or utilised the mother’s groups during (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2017-18.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1)(a) One parenting group (not limited to mothers) is facilitated by ACT Health. The group is run across 11 sites in Canberra and this year, 98 groups of four sessions will be facilitated. Community Services Directorate (CSD) offers 25 parenting programs, courses and groups.

(b) Within ACT Health, the Maternal and Child Health (MACH) service facilitates the New Parent Group. This is wholly funded by ACT Health.

CSD run Parents as Teachers home visiting, case management for families with high and complex needs, a range of parenting courses (including Circle of Security which focuses on positive parent child relationships), supported playgroups, and referral to local playgroups auspiced under the ACT Playgroup Association. Poppy is a supported group for parents and carers with mental health issues where parents and carers can meet with other families and share experiences while having fun playing with their children. Poppy is facilitated by ACT Mental Health, the Richmond Fellowship and Child and Family Centres.

Under the Child, Youth and Family Services Program, CSD provides partial funding of $4,937 (2017-2018, GST exclusive) to Majura Women’s Group Inc. (MWG) to support the group to enable women in Canberra at home with young children to live more stimulating and creative lives through the facilitation of


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