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The emphasis of the national research program of First 1000 Days Australia is on the generation of evidence that has immediate use by sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families and family outcomes. This requires a research program with an operational and implementation focus that adheres to Indigenous methodologies and knowledge generation, and a recognition of the centrality of culture that both reinforces and strengthens families, and uses a holistic view of health and wellbeing.

This is a retrospective study of the recruitment and training experiences of Indigenous peer researchers involved in a baseline survey of 600 households in Townsville and Moreton Bay, as part of the First 1000 Days Australia initiative. The design of this process includes a number of innovative features, and the recruitment and retention of peer researchers was much higher than expected by the project team.

More than a Landlord was a pilot project for a household-level survey developed in partnership with Aboriginal Housing Victoria for clients living in Aboriginal housing in an urban community in Victoria.

The First 1000 Days Australia – Multigenerational Family Environment Study is an Indigenous-led prospective study exploring specific exposures in the family environment, early years and service provision, and the outcomes for families and their children over time. The initial emphasis of the Study is to generate evidence that has immediate use for First 1000 Days Australia sites in improving service delivery, capacity building in families, and family outcomes incorporating Indigenous cultural knowledge, worldviews and lifeways. 

The aim of this research project was to conduct a systematic review of Australian and international pre-birth/birth cohort protocol methods of implementation, initiation and recruitment to inform the First 1000 Days Australia Multigenerational Family Environment Study.

This project evaluated the implementation of a coordinated, community-based approach to service engagement, conceived of and led by Indigenous people. It was designed to foster resilience, leadership and innovation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families by focusing service systems on the early period of child development, from preconception to the age of two. Although understanding how this new approach translates to improved outcomes for families and children is of vital importance, the primary interest of this project was on implementation outcomes – the effective diffusion of this innovation into practice.

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