Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program

Welcome to the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program (ANFPP), servicing the Wellington, Dubbo, Narromine and Gilgandra areas.

The ANFPP is a part of the Australian Government’s commitment to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

It is based on the Nurse-Family Partnership model developed by Professor David Olds in the USA over the last 30 years.

The ANFPP supports women pregnant with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander baby, and their families, to become the best parents they can be. The program is delivered following five client centred principles:

Each client is allocated a highly trained Nurse Home Visitor, and Aboriginal Family Partnership Worker, who visit families in their own homes to help improve their health, wellbeing, and self sufficiency. Visits commence in pregnancy and continue until the child reaches two years of age, typically at weekly to fortnightly intervals, depending on the needs of the client. Topics covered include pregnancy; labour and birthing; building and maintaining attachment; parenting; the importance of learning through play; healthy lifestyle choices; goal setting; communication skills; healthy relationships; and building supports.

Any first time Mum who is carrying an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander baby, living in Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine or Gilgandra can be referred to the ANFPP at WACHS prior to 28 weeks gestation. Women can also self refer. Clients may be accepted outside of this criteria, depending on circumstances and staff capacity.

  • Emma and Teena represented the WACHS ANFPP at the Close the Gap Day Morning Tea, held at Buninyong SACC. The team from ACTT were also present. This morning tea was an opportunity for services and Elders to come together and recognise advancements made towards closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health, challenges that continue to be faced, and opportunities for improvement. “Blokes in the Kitchen”, a cooking and budgeting skills program for Dads, catered for the event, with the Buninyong Art Buddies showcasing some of their skills and projects. The Buninyong SACC has been recently renovated this year and provides an important service to families in the surrounding area, including playgroups, drop in clinics, a breakfast club, and Elders groups. More information, including the current brochure, can be found at
  • This year the WACHS ANFPP team are excited to be hosting the second Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program Community of Practice event. This event involves all staff from the ANFPP sites, National Program Centre, and representatives of the Commonwealth, coming together to ensure the ANFPP continues to be built based on current available evidence and best practice. It is an opportunity for sites to network and share information regarding what is working at each site, and what challenges are faced by ANFPP staff and clients. It will be the first opportunity for staff to meet their counterparts at the new ANFPP site at the Institute of Indigenous Urban Health. This year, the Annual National Data Workshop will be held in conjunction with the Community of Practice, maintaining the Continuous Quality Improvement focus of the program. It will be the first time that all ANFPP staff are invited to attend the data workshop.

Further information about the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Program in Australia can be found at

You can contact WACHS ANFPP Team on 02 68452565. 
To contact the Dubbo Hub, call 02 6881 8077.

Email address:

Our recent newsletter can be downloaded below:

 ANFPP Spring Newsletter          

Latest News

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Tackling Indigenous Smoking focus at Wello v Macquarie game13-Jun-2017

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Upcoming Events

Easter Saturday’s NRL clash - Quit B Fit – Live Smoke free15-Apr-2017

Players from the Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles including captains of both clubs, Cameron ..

Future directions of Aboriginal Health Services - Community Forum14-Mar-2017

WACHS invites Aboriginal Community Representatives from Western Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains..

Quit B Fit Aboriginal Men’s Health Expo20-Feb-2017

Free Aboriginal Men’s Health Expo Registrations are open for the Quit B Fit Aboriginal Men’s Hea..


Key Contacts

Contact Options

Ph: (02) 6845 3545
Fax: (02) 6845 2656
Fax: (02) 6845 4499
Email: click here

Key Staff

Chief Executive Officer
Darren Ah-See

Executive Manager Operations
Melissa Mills

Executive Manager Clinical Services
Robyn Gunter

Clinical Services Team Leader
Joanne Edwards

Integrated Care Team Leader
Anita Dwyer

Healthy For Life Team Leader
Trish George

SEWB Team Leader
Cherie Colliss

Tackling Indigenous Smoking
Chris AhSee

Australian Nurse Family Partnership
Janet Curran

Aboriginal Children's Therapy Team
Lindsey Stewart

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