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The First 2000 Days Framework

About

The first 2000 days of life is a critical time for physical, cognitive, social and emotional health. What happens in the first 2000 days has been shown to have an impact throughout life.​​

For example, early life experiences are:

  • strongly predictive of how a child will learn in primary school
  • a predictor of school performance, adolescent pregnancy and involvement with the criminal justice system in the adolescent years
  • linked to increased risk of drug and alcohol misuse and increased risk of antisocial and violent behaviour
  • related to obesity, elevated blood pressure and depression in 20-40 year olds
  • predictive of coronary heart disease and diabetes in 40-60 year olds
  • related to premature ageing and memory loss in older age groups.

The Framework

The First 2000 Days Framework is a strategic policy document which outlines the importance of the first 2000 days of a child’s life (from conception to age 5) and what action people within the NSW health system need to take to ensure that all children have the best possible start in life.

Webinar Series and Resources

First 2000 Days webinar series aims to build capacity of service providers and health professionals to provide support and referral pathways to families and young children in the First 2000 Days of life.

The series is a collaboration between MNCLHD Health Services and Bluesky Community Services.

This project aims to:

  • Increase knowledge of the first 2000 days and priority health areas.
  • Increase confidence to engage in conversations about priority health areas.
  • Increase confidence to refer to the right level of service at the right time.
  • Increase knowledge of and referral pathways to local health services and programs.

The webinar series is split into 13 sessions:

  • Importance of First 2000 Days, Jody Clayton (8 June)
  • Antenatal Care, Frances Guy (29 June)
  • Get Healthy in Pregnancy, BriEllen Fussel (6 July)
  • Early Breastfeeding, Elizabeth Crane (28 July)
  • Sleep and Settling, Monica Carlon (2 August)
  • Nutrition and Feeding, Rachel Gerathy and Symone Lyndsey (17 August)
  • Perinatal Infant Mental Health (21 September)
  • Oral Health (28 September)
  • Refugee Health (11 October)
  • Speech Pathology (19 October)
  • Smoking Cessation (16 November)
  • Physical Activity and Screen time (22 November)

2021 Webinar Outcomes

119 participants across 19 mid north coast services attended the 2021 pilot webinar series. The outcomes from the 2021 series included many participants agreeing that the sessions were interactive, informative and increased their knowledge and skills to support families and young children. 

Webinar recordings will be uploaded once completed.

Jody Clayton is the Child Protection and Child Wellbeing Co-ordinator for the Mid North Coast Local Health District. Jody’s session will outline the importance of the first 2000 days of a child’s life, and actions that can be taken to promote better life outcomes. It will also build awareness of referral services and programs to support families and children.

View the presentation on the First 2000 Days overview.

Links to resources referred to in webinar 1:

Frances Guy is the Clinician Midwifery Consultant (CMC) for Maternity Services with the Mid North Coast Local Health District. Frances’ session will focus on the importance of antenatal care in the first 2000 days of life. It will also provide in-depth information on how to access local antenatal services to help families make ongoing healthier lifestyle changes.

View the presentation on antenatal care.

Links to resources referred to in webinar 2:

Maternity Services: Find everything you and your clients need to know about accessing maternity services.

Health and wellbeing during pregnancy: Resources and services to support pregnant woman.

Get Healthy in Pregnancy: Refer women to a professional phone-based health coach which can support and motivate women to develop tools to help her stay healthy during her pregnancy, to birth and beyond.

Quitline support in pregnancy or breastfeeding

Quitline training and resources for maternity health professionals  

Bri-Ellen Fussell is a Health Promotion Officer and Dietician with the Mid North Coast Local Health District. Bri-Ellen’s session will focus on the Get Healthy in Pregnancy (GHiP) Service. GHiP is a free NSW Government service which offers a phone-based health coach to support pregnant woman to develop motivation and tools to help them and their babies to stay healthy during their journey from pregnancy, to birth and beyond. This session will build your knowledge of the service and confidence to refer to the service.

View the presentation on Get Healthy in Pregnancy.

Links to resources referred to in webinar 3:

Get Healthy Service Fact Sheet: Weight gain during pregnancy

Get Healthy Service Fact Sheet: Physical activity during pregnancy

Get Healthy Service Fact Sheet: Healthy eating during pregnancy

Elizabeth Crane is a Child and Family Health Nurse and Lactation Consultant based in the Coffs Clinical Network. Elizabeth’s session will focus on the importance of early breastfeeding in the first 2000 days of life. It will also provide information on strategies to support families with early breastfeeding and how to access local Child and Family Services and Breastfeeding Support Services.

View the presentation on Early Breastfeeding.

Monica Carlon is the Nurse Unit Manager of Tresillian Day Services Coffs Harbour and Tresillian-2U mobile service. Monica’s session will focus on sleep and settling in the early years. It will also include an overview of how to access specialised parenting services and how they help families to improve parenting confidence and parent child relationships.

View the presentation on Sleep and Settling.

Links to resources referred to in webinar 5:

For more information contact Teisha Schirmer
teisha.schirmer@health.nsw.gov.au

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