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Cherbourg Positive Parenting Programs

15 July 2021


Following on from two successful rounds of the Cherbourg Positive Parenting Program, a third is happening on 20, 21, and 22 July, and 3 August.

“The programs are known collectively as ‘D’arin Djanum’, which means ‘strong together’ in the Wakka Wakka language,” said Arvind Ponnapalli, clinical psychologist with Cherbourg Community Health and project coordinator.

“Promoting children's social and emotional wellbeing and preparing them to thrive in the future is what every parent, family, and community wants.

“We often draw upon parenting practices from previous generations that provided solutions to common parenting challenges.”

Mr Ponnapalli said parents and caregivers could also draw on cultural wisdom, family and community support, and positive parenting strategies that are proven to help child and family wellbeing.

“The entire project is being led at the community level,” Cherbourg Regional Aboriginal and Islander Community Controlled Health Services (CRAICCHS) Manager Ms Katherine Simpson said.

Cherbourg Health Service Manager Ms Tarita Fisher said the program had been made possible by a collaborative effort.

“Over the past two years, Darling Downs Health, via Cherbourg Health Service, has actively collaborated with CRAICCHS, the Cherbourg Shire Council and the University of Queensland to roll out Indigenous Triple P in Cherbourg,” Ms Fisher said.

“The upcoming program on 20, 21, 22 July and 3 August will be supported by the Triple P International Indigenous Implementation Consultant with Arvind, Ronella Fewquandie and Leeann Cliff from CRAICCHS, and it will be held at the Ration Shed Boys Dormitory conference facilities.”

Parents or caregivers have to attend all four days from 9.30am to 2.00pm to complete the program.

The group program is free of charge to parents, grandparents, and carers of children between two and 12 years of age.

There will COVID-safe catering, including morning tea and lunch provided, plus free Triple P resources for all participants.

Anyone interested in registering should call Cherbourg Community Health on 4169 8900 or CRAICCHS on 4169 8600.

Additional information – achievements

  • The project team has had several yarns with Cherbourg parents and caregivers, and their wellbeing stories were converted to short radio announcements to be aired on Cherbourg Radio 94.1 FM later this year.
  • CRAICCHS staff, Ronella Fewquandie and Leeann Cliff, are accredited to provide Indigenous Triple P in the community.
  • Two Triple P parenting groups have been run in the community, with great feedback from the families who got involved.
  • Dar’in Djanum project t-shirts were designed from uncle Rocko Langton's painting.
  • There are ongoing consultations with community Elders.
Participants of previous Cherbourg Positive Parenting Programs.
Participants of previous Cherbourg Positive Parenting Programs.
Last updated: 16 July 2021