A milestone in community care
The Palmerston Child and Family Centre recently celebrated its first year of operation. The opening of the Indigenous-focused centre in August last year followed the launch of CFCs in Gunbalanya, Ngukurr, Maningrida and Yuendumu.
Manager of the centre, Jackie Bradshaw, said the facility is accessible to all families in the Palmerston area and is responsive to “the many needs of children, families, and the community”.
“The centre places strong emphasis on early childhood education, health and preventative health, family and parenting wellbeing, adult education, and empowering people in their personal development,” she said.
“We have a range of weekly playgroups for children up to five years, address post-natal depression and anxiety, undertake child preventative health checks and immunizations, and intensive support and childcare.
“Our early learning centre—operated by Child Australia—can cater for 50 children a day, and we are currently at 90 per cent capacity.”
The centre runs Young Mothers—Strong Mothers, an educational program from which mothers can graduate with the Certificate II in Community Services.
The Palmerston Child and Family Centre has several partners, including Child Australia, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, Gray Family Centre and Playgroup NT, and plans to build further alliances.