From 1 July 2006 the Government will provide $9.0 million over four years to fund new peer support groups specifically aimed at parents of young children with disabilities. The programme will benefit over 2,500 families annually, who will participate in over 300 parent support groups nationally.
Parents of young children with disabilities are at significant risk of isolation and are often socially disconnected from family and friends due to the intensity of their caring role.
Peer support groups, where parents support other parents, are recognised as an effective way of developing positive relationships between parents of children with disabilities. However, access to peer support groups has been severely restricted for many parents of children with disabilities.
Establishing peer support groups for parents of young children with disabilities will improve outcomes for the parents by giving them the opportunity to mix and socialise with a group of people in similar family situations. This will build their individual skills, foster shared responsibility and strengthen the capacity of the whole community to support parents of young children with disabilities.
1 July 2006.
Total Government Funding
$9.0 million over four years.