More mothers and babies across Victoria will receive the support they need for the best possible start in life, thanks to the Victorian Government.
Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy recently visited IPC Health in Altona Meadows to announce $1.7 million to expand the successful Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program to rural and regional Victoria.
‘‘We’re expanding this program so more vulnerable women across the state will be able to receive the support they deserve to keep themselves — and their babies — healthy during early motherhood,’’ Ms Hennessy said.
‘‘This is about ensuring babies and young children can access the care they need to get the best possible start in life — whether they live in regional Victoria, or our rapidly growing outer suburbs.’’
The Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program aims to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable pregnant women and their babies by helping them access services through pregnancy and beyond.
Support through the program includes assistance in accessing clinical antenatal, maternal and child health nursing, health education, goal setting, psychosocial support and referral services.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is currently provided in nine outer metropolitan growth areas, and will expand to Ballarat, Echuca, Gippsland, the Goulburn Valley (at Goulburn Valley Health), the Grampians, Latrobe, Mildura, Warrnambool and Wodonga.
The extra funding will see an additional 260 women and their babies get the support they need in its first year, and 520 more the following year.