About Healthy Start

Healthy Start is a national capacity building strategy which aims to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children whose parents have learning difficulties.

We do this by working with practitioners, managers, researchers and policy makers to access and exchange knowledge, information, resources and expertise about how best to support parents with learning difficulties and their children.

Individuals and organisations are supported to:

  • Access best-practice information, summaries of latest research and evidence-based programs.
  • Exchange knowledge with other professionals by sharing ideas and resources at supported events, workshops, or via the online Practice Network.
  • Build the capacity of their existing networks, services and programs, coordinate local initiatives and become Healthy Start champions.

Activities include face-to-face forums, discussions, leadership development opportunities, and an online Practice Network to collaborate or connect with others locally and across Australia.

A collaborative approach between researchers, professionals and practitioners is integral to the aims of Healthy Start; they include enhancing practice, service design, policy development, research and evaluation.

You can become involved in Healthy Start at a level that suits you:

  • explore the resources on this website
  • subscribe to our bi-monthly eNews
  • join the online Practice Network
  • become an active champion of Healthy Start
  • lead an initiative in your local area


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The Parenting Research Centre acknowledges and respects the diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of this country and the Elders of the past, present and future.