Formative research

New South Wales

At the Marrickville hub in the Sydney Local Health District, 11 interviews were undertaken with key stakeholders.

Interviews highlighted the barriers that we need to address if service providers are to better detect and respond to children and families living in adversity, as well as associated mental health problems in children aged newborn to 8 years old.

Some of the common key barriers and enablers that were identified across stakeholder interviews for both NSW & VIC included:

  • Lack of knowledge or awareness of available supports
  • Lack of services available; and
  • Services focusing on a narrow definition of parent.

Enablers to address these include: raising awareness of supports that are available, providing support to families to enable them to navigate the system, and ensuring that services take a ‘whole of family’ approach.



The CRE have been working in partnership with Wyndham City Council and IPC Health to co-design a Child and Family Hub in Wyndham Vale, Victoria.

Co-design is the active involvement of a diverse range of participants in exploring, developing, and testing responses to shared challenges (Blomkamp, 2018).

To hear about our Co-design experience, please checkout the video below:


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