Australian Catholic University
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families: Health, education & empowerment for carers
Melbourne and regional VIC
December 2014 – December 2015
The Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a public not-for-profit university with a dedicated research division that is committed to truth, in a spirit of freedom and service to the community, particularly in health and education.
Providing primary care for a child with a disability is a full time and often demanding job for many mothers across Australia that can result in long-term health and wellbeing issues.
Identifying the need to provide greater support for mothers caring for a child with a disability, ACU's research teams have developed the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Families program that aims to empower these primary carers in their lifelong role to better address their personal health needs.
Funding provided will enable ACU to offer the program in metropolitan and regional Victoria and NSW, to improve the health and wellbeing of 220 mothers of children with disabilities by educating and connecting them for their lifelong carer role. The program will deliver workshops that will cover a range of issues including good nutrition, increased physical activity, social supports, improved communication, networking & advocacy skills and paid work participation.
well-being has improved remarkably since doing the program. I feel a lot more
stable and focused. The workshops were positive and gave me strategies that I
can work with and put into action. I'm a lot more proactive and less emotional.
My physical wellbeing has generally improved too, and I have more
Yolanda, mother to
13 year old Stacey who has a visual impairment and
"I have been thinking
a lot about my own health. I realise how important it is to look after myself. I
have finally given myself permission to take time out, relax and express my own
Anna, mother to six year
old Finn who has Muscular Dystrophy
For more information visit: www.healthymothers-healthyfamilies.com