$1 MILLION FOR INDI KINDI EARLY YEARS, MENZIES HEALTH LABS AND INDIGENOUS HEAD START TRAINEESHIPS

THE HON KEN WYATT MP
MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS HEALTH

JACINTA PRICE
CANDIDATE FOR LINGIARI

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

The Morrison Government will provide up to $1.01 million to continue the Moriarty Foundation’s Indi Kindi Early Years program and establish the Menzies Under 5s Health Labs and Indigenous Head Start Traineeships in two locations in the Northern Territory.

Indi Kindi supports young First Australian children’s health and well being by focusing on their strengths to improve their social, literacy and numeracy skills and help them better prepare for school.

The program takes a unique approach to teach young children in a culturally relevant way, using walking classrooms to boost children’s positive behaviour, engagement and performance.

We know there is a direct and measurable correlation between early intervention and improved health and learning outcomes, to break the cycle of inter-generational disadvantage.

Indi Kindi has reached 78 per cent of all children living in Borroloola and Robinson River, with more than 90 per cent of parents strongly agreeing the program had improved their child’s skills.

The Morrison Government is proud to be able to support First Australian children to build the skills they need before starting school.

After seven successful years operating in Borroloola and Robinson River, the Morrison Government will provide $799,565 to allow Indi Kindi to continue to operate in these locations in the NT.

Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Ken Wyatt said the program takes a unique approach to teach young children in a culturally relevant way, using walking classrooms to boost children’s positive behaviour, engagement and performance.

“We know there is a direct and measurable correlation between early intervention and improved health and learning outcomes, to break the cycle of inter-generational disadvantage.”

Ros Moriarty, Founder, Co-Chair and Managing Director of Moriarty Foundation and Indi Kindi said,

"Our Borroloola and Robinson River team of Indi Kindi educators has been central to the health, well being and education of very young Aboriginal children in the Gulf since 2012.”

“We are extremely appreciative of this commitment by Minister Wyatt to our focus on the first 1000 days of a child's life, when lifelong foundations of optimum health, growth and neurodevelopment are established," said Ros Moriarty

A further $80,000 will be provided to establish the Menzies Under 5s Health Lab and $135,000 will be provided to establish the Indigenous Head Start Traineeships program, in these locations.

Health Labs are an innovative, interactive, educational experience that allows participants to measure their own biomedical risk factors for chronic diseases in a mobile “pop-up”.

The Health Labs are run by health professionals to help children and their parents and families to make positive lifestyle choices that improve their health and well being.

Since its inception in 2014, Health Labs have reported lower rates of smoking, and improved diet and physical activity rates.

The Indigenous Head Start Traineeships program is supporting young First Nations people by providing employment pathways to prepare for careers in health sciences.

The Morrison Government is providing $4.1 billion to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the next four years.