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Explore a range of resources, tools and training opportunities for supporting parents with learning difficulties here. If you know of other resources that would be useful for professionals across health, education and community services, please let Healthy Start know.

 

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Explore programs developed by Healthy Start, as well as ways we can support you in your work.

Programs & Support

We offer a range of support activities for professionals and organisations, tailored to the level of support needed. To discuss how we could support you in your work, please contact us.

Find out a little more about the types of support we specialise in below.

Professional development and program delivery

We have developed evidence-informed programs designed for professionals working with parents with learning difficulties. Each program offers implementation support and is tailored to local outcomes or concerns. Programs may be attended by a collection of professionals from the area, or organisations may choose to arrange for a program delivered internally.

Best Practice Approaches

An introductory workshop focusing on best practice approaches for anyone working with parents with learning difficulties.

Leadership Development

Building skills and capacity in professionals working to improve service delivery for parents with learning difficulties.

Parenting Young Children

A home-based parent education program focusing on developing positive parent-child interactions and improved child care skills.
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Healthy & Safe: An Australian Parent Education Kit

A home-based parent education program focusing on managing home dangers, accidents and childhood illness.
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Contact us to discuss any of these programs.

Tailored programs

We work with your organisation to customise or develop a program specific to your work with parents with learning difficulties.

Some of the programs we have tailored to agencies have included:

  • An introductory workshop for child protection practitioners.
  • A program for specialist services practitioners, improving their communication skills.
  • A forum for antenatal nurses and midwives to identify areas of possible gaps in service.

Contact us to find out how we can create a program for your organisation.

Consultation

We provide consultation and support for projects, programs and resources. Our specialist team can advise on research, planning, development, implementation, and communication, and we specialise in a range of topics relating to parenting and service delivery.

Contact us with to discuss how we can help you with your organisation's work.

Knowledge translation and codevelopment

If you have an initiative that you would like to expand or develop, our team can provide knowledge and experience to put your idea into action.

We have supported agencies by:

  • Developing content for use in training programs.
  • Hosting webinars to share programs and research.
  • Coordinating local forums to exchange knowledge and create networks.
  • Providing advice on writing research using data collected through service delivery.

Contact us to discuss how we can support your work.

Customised support

Our team has a wide range of skills and experience, and we can work with you to support your work with parents with learning difficulties. Whether you are looking for support developing networks, conducting research, developing programs or resources, with knowledge translation and exchange, or any other area of your work, we can help.

Contact us to learn more about how we can support your work.

Parents with Intellectual Disabilities and their Children: An Australian Prevalence Study

Healthy Start is currently undertaking an analysis of large population-based survey and administrative data sets to determine the prevalence of parents with intellectual disabilities and their children in Australia, and to document their family, social and cultural circumstances and if possible, contact with the child protection system.

The researchers have identified survey data sources from Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), collaborated with the Telethon Institute on a proposal to extract and link administrative datasets from the Western Australia Data Linkage System, and worked with the Federal Department of Social Services (previously FaHCSIA) to access Centrelink administrative data. All of these are valuable sources of information about parents with intellectual disabilities and their children in Australia.

The first in a series of technical reports (see link to full report below) from this study was released in July 2014, detailing the processes used to estimate the prevalence of parents with intellectual disability in the Australian population, and describing their characteristics and living circumstances. Findings demonstrate that as a group, the approximately 17,000 parents with intellectual disability in Australia are significantly disadvantaged in employment and income compared to non-disabled parents and parents with other disabilities.

icn pdf Download the first technical report from this study (PDF)

The second technical report details the processes undertaken to estimate the number of parents with intellectual disability on social security payments in Australia and their characteristics. A total of 5,160 parents with intellectual disability on both the Disability Support Pension and the Family Tax Benefit were identified from the Centrelink dataset in June 2011. Compared with other Australian parents, parents with intellectual disability were more likely to be caring for a child with disability, more likely to be in public housing and more likely to live in the Northern territory.

icn pdf Download the second technical report from this study (PDF)

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Healthy Start Papers & Reports

The below publications have been written about Healthy Start activities.

 

Healthy Start Strategy

Bennetts, S., Brown, M., Thackeray, E., Clayton, O., Wade, C., Hindmarsh, G., Mitchell, S. (2011). The healthy start strategy: The role of technology in building capacity in practitioners to work with parents with learning difficulties. Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, 2006(29), 45-57. Retrieved from http://www.acwa.asn.au/developing_practice11.html

McConnell, D., Llewellyn, G., Matthews, J., Hindmarsh, G., Mildon, R., Wade, C. (2006). Healthy Start: A national strategy for children of parents with learning difficulties. Developing Practice: The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal, 2006(16), 34-42. Retrieved from http://www.acwa.asn.au/developing_practice11.html

Wade, C., Mildon, R., Llewellyn, G., McConnell, D., Hindmarsh, G. (2010). Healthy start: Evaluation findings and future directions. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23(5), 461-461.

 

Parenting Young Children: Development and evaluation

Mildon, R., Wade, C., & Matthews, J. (2008). Considering the contextual fit of an intervention for families headed by parents with an intellectual disability: An exploratory study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 21(4), 377-387.

Starke, M., Wade, C., Feldman, M., & Mildon, R. (2013). Parenting with disabilities: Experiences from implementing a parenting support programme in Sweden. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 17(2), 145-156. doi:10.1177/1744629513483523.

Wade, C., Llewellyn, G., & Matthews, J. (2008). Review of parent training interventions for parents with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 21(4), 351-366.

Wade, C., Llewellyn, G., & Matthews, J. (2011). Modeling contextual influences on parents with intellectual disability and their children. American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 116(6), 419-437.

Wade, C., Mildon, R., & Matthews, J. (2007). Service delivery to parents with an intellectual disability: Family-centred or professionally-centred? Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 20(2), 87–98.

 

Healthy & Safe. An Australian Parent Education Kit: Development and evaluation

Llewellyn, G., McConnell, D., Honey, A., Mayes, R., & Russo, D. (2000). Effectiveness of parent education for parents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 44(3/4), 370.

Llewellyn, G., McConnell, D., Honey, A., Mayes, R., & Russo, D. (2003). Promoting health and home safety for children of parents with intellectual disability: A randomized controlled trial. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 24(6), 405-431.

Llewellyn, G., McConnell, D., Russo, D., Mayes, R., & Honey, A. (2002). Home-based programmes for parents with intellectual disabilities: Lessons from practice. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 15(4), 341-353.

 

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