Campaign News

Building your baby’s brain

Here at Generation West, we talk a lot about how the first 1000 days of life are especially important for building our baby’s brain. So we’ve put together a short list of the best things parents can do to help our children thrive in the first 1000 days of life.

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Vulnerable families in Melbourne’s West desperate for essential services

With the Victorian State Election less than one month away, Generation West and cohealth are calling for urgent action to support vulnerable families in Melbourne’s West who are missing out on the basic health and social services they desperately need.

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Why the first 1000 days are so important

Keeping our children healthy through the first 1000 days of life is central to our campaign, but we get a lot of questions about why this time is so crucial.

So let’s break down just what we mean by “the first 1000 days of life” and find out why they’re so important.

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Mental health emergency: Families in the West desperate for relief

With less than a month until the Victorian State Election, regional advocacy group LeadWest and family support agency the Caroline Chisholm Society, are calling on the Victorian Government to take action and develop a Perinatal Mental Health Plan for vulnerable new families, ahead of the proposed Royal Commission into Mental Health.

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The West in the red: Families and children missing out on crucial services

Last week Domain released their first ever Healthy Suburbs study – and the results don’t look good for our littlest Westies.

Families in Melbourne’s West are missing out on the allied community health facilities they need like dentists, GPs, and family support services.

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Children need to get the best start BEFORE preschool

We all heard the news last week: in an Australian first, the Labor Party announced that fully funded three-year-old preschool will roll out across Victoria from 2020.

This is great news, but right now in the West we have 250 babies born per week, and these babies (and their families) all need support to get the best start even before preschool.

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10,000th baby born in Melbourne's West marks the launch of Generation West campaign

A new campaign to deliver essential services for babies and young families in Melbourne’s West has been launched today to coincide with the birth of the West’s 10,000th baby for 2018.

Generation West is a community-led campaign of local health providers, Councils, and community groups coordinated by LeadWest. Generation West is calling on local MPs to commit to significant investment in services for the first 1000 days of life ahead of November’s State election.

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Generation West is now on Facebook!

The Generation West Facebook page is now up and running! The Facebook page will keep you up-to-date with all the news about the campaign and our efforts to make sure all children in Melbourne's West have the chance to thrive.

Follow us today and tell your friends!

Talk with us on Twitter!

Great news! You can now talk with the Generation West team on Twitter.

We'll be sharing all the latest news and information about our campaign to help kids thrive in Melbourne's West.

Follow us and say hello!