Funding grant

This project has been awarded almost $5m by the MRFF

We greatly appreciate the funding provided by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) for Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mothers and Babies.

  • Amount: $4,999,905 (2022-2025)
  • Reference: MRFMB000010
  • Project: Replanting the Birthing Trees to Support First Nations Parents and Babies

This highly innovative First Nations-led project builds on >$25 million of previous investment, community-co-design, strong evidence and successful perinatal care programs.

We aim to transform compounding cycles of intergenerational trauma and harm to positively reinforcing cycles of intergenerational nurturing and recovery for First Nations parents and babies.

Our team of community leaders, peak bodies, health and social care services, education providers, mental and family health clinicians, researchers, and consumers will collaborate to

  • address critical and documented gaps in perinatal care
  • drive health system reform, and
  • establish a transformative shift in health policies and practice.

This will enable scale up of culturally grounded, safe, holistic, trauma-integrated, transdisciplinary continuity-of-care in the first 2000 days to ensure all First Nations babies have the best possible start to life. In so doing First Nations parents will be supported, once again, to achieve their dreams for a happy, safe, healthy family in this abundant land.