$6.6 million to help positive parenting

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More Queensland families are set to benefit from The University of Queensland’s award-winning Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, after the State Government announced $6.6 million in funding today (9 July).

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said next week’s State Budget would fund access to the program, a Brisbane-based success story which had been exported to help millions of families in 25 countries.

“Triple P is Australia’s biggest social services export and now my government is giving all Queensland parents access to this program,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“I am passionate about making sure every Queensland child has the support they need to live happy and successful lives.

“This program is about giving parents a helping hand and access to strategies to build the skills and confidence they need to give their kids the best start in life.”

The government will fund a two year trial that will give Queensland families free voluntary access to a range of programs including an online program, topic-specific seminars, parent discussion groups and one-on-one consultations, to more intensive, small group-based and individual programs. 

Triple P founder and UQ Parenting and Family Support Centre Director Professor Matt Sanders said the program worked across cultures, socio-economic groups and differing family structures.

“This program is backed by more than 30 years of ongoing research, and independent evaluations have confirmed it not only improves immediate family life, but can benefit the whole community,” he said.

“I’ve previously lobbied for the government to help make Triple P accessible for all families, and this investment will ensure that.

“This program will help improve behaviour and emotional health, and could save the community millions of dollars.”

The program is disseminated worldwide by Triple P International.

(Source: The University of Queensland)

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Date Created: July 30, 2015