Commissioning priorities for 2023 are:
First 1000 Days – ACCHO social and emotional wellbeing
Child and maternal workforce development uplift
Better Health North Queensland Alliance
On behalf of the Better Health North Queensland (BHNQ) Alliance, NQPHN collaborated with a wide range of partners to develop a First 1,000 Days Framework which will guide service planning, commissioning, delivery, and review across northern Queensland, and will be rolled out at scale to ensure consistent approaches to achieving maternal and child health outcomes for our region. As we progress, the framework will be extended to the first 3,000 days.
NQPHN is using this framework to commission a First Nations social and emotional wellbeing program for the region and will use it to guide further commissioning later in 2023.
First 1,000 Days social and emotional wellbeing co-design workshops
In March 2023, NQPHN and Beacon Strategies facilitated phase one of NQPHN’s First 1,000 Days social and emotional wellbeing co-design workshop in Cairns.
The workshop brought together a cross-section of staff from six Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs), Hospital and Health Services (HHSs), the Department of Education and Early Childhood, Tropical Health, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), and digital health organisations from across the region to work collaboratively on developing a new model of care for First Nations maternal and child health social and emotional wellbeing.
Midwives, early childhood educators, mental health directors, immunisation specialists, women’s’ health representatives, and Indigenous health workers were also in attendance and offered unique insights and skills and expertise during the workshop.
This was the first phase of the co-design process with the next round of co-design scheduled with ACCHOs in April 2023.
NQPHN is committed to working with First Nations peoples to develop models of care that best support the needs of their communities.