NACCHO Aboriginal funding alert: $100 million has been committed for HIPPY to focus support on Aboriginal families

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More than $100 million has been committed to HIPPY to support ongoing programme delivery in the first 50 locations and expand the programme to an additional 50 locations, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

The first 25 new communities were selected to commence programme delivery in early 2014 with the remaining 25 new locations expected to start in early 2015.

Photo courtesy: Apunipima Cape York Health Council Photovoice project. Photographer Grace Morris’

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The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a two-year home-based parenting and early childhood programme that helps parents and carers to be their child’s first teacher.

HIPPY builds the skills of parents and carers to help prepare their child for school.

The programme also offers some parents and carers a path to employment and local community leadership.

Parents and their children enrol in the programme in the year before the child commences formal school and participate for two years. The programme activities are designed to be integrated into the daily life of the family. The first year of the programme focuses on pre literacy and pre numeracy skills. The second year extends these activities and provides parents with additional information about children’s learning and development.

Each programme location is staffed by a qualified coordinator and a team of home tutors, who are usually past or current parents participating in the programme who live in the community.

What funding is available?

More than $100 million has been committed to HIPPY to support ongoing programme delivery in the first 50 locations and expand the programme to an additional 50 locations, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

The first 25 new communities were selected to commence programme delivery in early 2014 with the remaining 25 new locations expected to start in early 2015.

From 2015, HIPPY will be operating in 100 locations across Australia, targeting around 2350 children (aged four years old) each year.

Community Nominations 2014

The department is seeking nominations from communities who would like to have HIPPY delivered. Twenty five communities will be selected to commence programme delivery in early 2015.

For further information on how to nominate your community for HIPPY please visit HIPPY Community Nominations 2014.

Community Expressions of Interest 2013

The outcome of the HIPPY 2013 community selection process has been finalised. The following 25 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focused communities have been selected to have HIPPY delivered in their community from 2014.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities that have been selected to have HIPPY delivered in their community from 2014.
State Communities
NSW Albury/Wodonga
NSW Armidale
NSW Broken Hill
NSW Moree
NSW Orange
NSW Raymond Terrace/Port Stephens
NSW Wellington
NSW Willmot/Shalvey/Emerton/Hebersham
QLD Bundaberg
QLD Burdekin
QLD Hervey Bay
QLD Palm Island
QLD Toowoomba
QLD Upper Ross
QLD Warwick
WA City of Armadale
WA City of Gosnells
WA East Kimberley
VIC East Gippsland
VIC La Trobe Gippsland
VIC Mildura
SA City of Onkaparinga (Aldinga Beach/Christie Downs/Morphett Vale/Hackham West/Huntfield Heights/Noarlunga Downs)
SA Murray Bridge
SA Riverland
NT Palmerston
NSW Albury/Wodonga

The Brotherhood of St Laurence and HIPPY Australia recently completed a competitive process to select the suitable programme providers to deliver HIPPY in these communities. Further information is available on the HIPPY Australia website.

Want to know more?

Visit the HIPPY Australia website for further information on the programme.

NACCHO Aboriginal health news: HIPPY help for Aboriginal parents and carers in 25 communities

HIPPY Coordinators and Tutors at a training forum

HIPPY Coordinators and Tutors at a training forum

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley today announced the providers chosen to deliver the 2014 Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in an extra 25 Indigenous communities.

Children in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities will benefit as parents and carers receive Australian Government support to be their child’s first – and best – teacher.

For further information about the HIPPY program, please visit

http://www.hippyaustralia.org.au/ and

http://education.gov.au/further-information-about-hippy

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley today announced the providers chosen to deliver the 2014 Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in an extra 25 Indigenous communities.

“This programme is critical in helping make a real difference in the lives of Aboriginal families and I’m excited to see it so close to starting in so many regions,” Ms Ley said.

“Rolling HIPPY out to these communities means almost 2000 four-year-old children will benefit from the programme throughout the next year.”

Already operating in 50 communities around Australia, HIPPY is a home-based initiative which develops foundations for school success in the home during the crucial early years.

It also offers some parents a supported pathway to employment and local level community leadership.

“I am particularly pleased we can provide the support of HIPPY to more families in rural and regional Australia,” Ms Ley said.

“The new providers I announce today have a track record of success in working with families in need. I look forward to them bringing that expertise to many more families and children as they prepare for school”, Ms Ley concluded.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence delivers HIPPY for the Australian Government. More than $100 million has been committed to the programme.

New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIPPY Communities and Programme Providers to commence early 2014

 

New South Wales

Albury/Wodonga – Gateway Community Health

Armidale – Armidale Family Support Service

Broken Hill – Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation

Moree – Miyay Birray

Orange – CareWest

Raymond Terrace/Port Stephens – Port Stephens Family Support Services

Wellington – Barnardos

Willmot/Shalvey/Emerton/Hebersham – Catholic Care Social Services

Queensland

Bundaberg – Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care Scheme

Burdekin – Centacare Townsville

Hervey Bay – Australian Red Cross

Palm Island – Cathy Freeman Foundation

Toowoomba – Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Corporation

Upper Ross – NQ Community Services

Warwick – Australian Red Cross

South Australia

Riverland – Anglican Community Care

Murray Bridge – Anglican Community Care

City of Onkaparinga (Aldinga Beach/Christie Downs/Morphett Vale/Hackham West/
Huntfield Heights/Noarlunga Downs) – Anglicare SA

Victoria

East Gippsland – UnitingCare Gippsland

La Trobe Gippsland – Anglicare Victoria

Mildura – To be confirmed

Western Australia

City of Armadale – Parkerville Children and Youth Care

City of Gosnells – Parkerville Children and Youth Care

East Kimberley – Wunan Foundation

Northern Territory

Palmerston – Good Beginnings