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Helping kids thrive in the West (Generation West)

Over 35 babies are born every day across the six local council areas in Melbourne's West. The Future is West: Investing in Melbourne’s Newest Generation reveals one in five young Victorians are set to make their home in the region in the next 30 years.  With population forecast to increase by a million people by 2050, the report calls for urgent attention from all levels of government to ensure a generation is not left behind.

The Generation West campaign is focused on the following needs of communities in Melbourne's West:

1. A comprehensive review of maternal and paediatric services in Melbourne’s West

“We need a comprehensive review and a new plan for Paediatric Services to ensure that our booming population gets the services it needs in the right place, at the right time.”

Huge population growth in Melbourne’s West means our needs are rapidly changing. Melbourne’s West desperately needs a clear framework to allocate health services and infrastructure across the region. Some investment is happening, but it’s not well coordinated and combined with rapid population growth, families are missing out. This plan will set out what services will be needed and when, so that as communities grow, our service offerings match their needs. 

2.  A Centre of Parenting Excellence in Melbourne’s West

“We need a Centre of Parenting Excellence at Tweddle to increase capacity and reduce waiting times for families who are struggling so they get help quickly, and risk factors for future health and wellbeing for babies can be identified and strategies put in place.”    

Demand for Tweddle’s family services significantly outstrips supply, with a four-week waiting list for on-site support. At any one time, there are approximately 40 families awaiting urgent therapeutic support services, and this wait list will only continue to grow. But an expansion at Tweddle’s Footscray site would nearly double its capacity for day-stay and residential services, to nearly 1,000 families per year, enough to meet our growing population.

3. Expanding services for vulnerable families where they live

“We need investment in a new approach to health and social support services in the West’s most disadvantaged suburbs to ensure that every family and every child has the same chance at a happy, healthy and thriving childhood.

To trial one way of helping vulnerable families, cohealth are proposing a new pilot to deliver comprehensive health, family violence, alcohol, drug, and other social support services together in one community hub located in Laverton. Their proposal would help to address unmet need for health and social support for vulnerable families in this area, and if successful expand to other locations with high needs, such as Flemington and Wyndham Vale.

4. Boosting dental health for children across our region.

“We need proper dental services for kids in the outer West, and a boost to early years preventative dental health programs.

Rotten teeth are the single biggest cause of hospitalization of children in Melbourne’s West. But by encouraging healthy eating and good oral care routines in young children it can be prevented. Early treatment of tooth decay is also critical but not all children in the West have access to the dental treatment they need. With federal funding for national dental services for children in doubt after 2019, it’s vital we secure dental services and equipment for children in Melbourne’s West now.

5. A ‘prevention is better than cure’ response to mental health for new parents.

“We need First 1000 Days Supporters in our neighbourhoods so that pregnant and new mothers have a safe and local place to come for help in raising their babies and toddlers.

More than 500 families per year present at Caroline Chisholm Society in Melbourne’s West, and their most prevalent issue is perinatal mental health. The support system has excellent services but it is fractured. Victoria needs a Perinatal Mental Health Plan, as an adjunct to the 10‑year Mental Health Plan. And, as the rate of teen pregnancy is high in Melton, Wyndham, Brimbank and Hobsons Bay, Melbourne’s West must have social workers and/or doulas trained in perinatal mental health to be there in the local community to help mothers with their wellbeing in local social settings during the first 1000 days.

 

Date Name File Size
Dec 22, 2017 LeadWest's 2018 Pre-Budget Submission to the Australian Government and Victorian Government 1.95 MB
Sep 8, 2017 Freight Infrastructure Investment Plan for Melbourne’s West 1.55 MB
Sep 8, 2017 Melbourne Airport Rail Link designed for Melbourne’s West 1.81 MB
Sep 8, 2017 A better approach to Urban Redevelopment in Melbourne’s West 1.47 MB
Sep 8, 2017 Innovative Energy Projects in Melbourne’s West 1.35 MB
Sep 8, 2017 A Social Impact Investment Prospectus for Melbourne’s West 1.33 MB
Sep 8, 2017 A Centre for Parenting Excellence in Melbourne’s West 1.18 MB

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