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Minister Wyatt: A Head Start to Help Children Reach Their Full Potential

13 Oct 2017

An $842,000 funding boost from the Turnbull Government will help the Bubup Wilam Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre give scores of children a stronger start in life.

The Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, said the investment to the acclaimed Bubup Wilam Health and Wellbeing Program would allow them to expand and integrate its services across education, health, housing and the justice system.

“Bubup Wilam is focused on ensuring children reach their full potential,” the Minister said. “We know that programs that focus not just on traditional health issues, but also work with families and consider social and environmental factors are fundamental to a healthier future.”

Bubup Wilam currently has capacity for 90 children, including a 70-place early learning centre for those aged six months and over, plus a three and four year old kindergarten program.

“In the past 30 years, the mortality rate of Indigenous children has fallen by a third and the mortality gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children has also narrowed by 31 per cent,” Minister Wyatt said.

“Inclusive and innovative programs like Bubup Wilam’s are vital to give young Indigenous children the best possible beginning of life and a brighter future.

“Their impressive results show the value of holistic approaches to health and wellbeing that, in close consultation with local communities, will help continue closing the gap.”

The new funding has been provided by the Turnbull Government, through the Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network.

For more information, see the Bubup Wilam website.

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