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Baby Makes 3 Program Receives Further Funding

Building on the work of program lead healthAbility, Baby Makes 3 has received $1.2 million from the state government for this innovative, evidence-based program for new parents, delivered across more than 40 health services in Victoria.

Funded by the state government since 2017, Baby Makes 3 has been adapted to support diverse families including those from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, rainbow families and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island families.

The program builds mutual understanding, appreciation and respect among first-time parents and supports the capacity of local governments, maternal and child health and maternity services to promote gender equality and challenge traditional gender stereotypes. Baby Makes 3 works to build equal and respectful relationships for families who are becoming parents for the first time, and highlights its focus on challenging the rigid gender stereotypes and social norms associated with parenting.

In 2022, the program won VicHealth’s prestigious Outstanding Health Promotion Award for making a tangible difference in improving Victorians’ health and quality of life.

(Source: Premiers’ Media Release, 13.5.23)