Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Teamwork help for first time dads

A program that will help men cope with the unique challenges of first-time fatherhood was launched today by Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony.

At the launch of the Men and Families “I’m a Dad” program, Mr Anthony congratulated Uniting Church agency Burnside for providing the first-time dads program in Coffs Harbour.

“This program is one of 56 currently run by various organisations across Australia, all funded under the Government’s $16.5 million Men and Family Relationships Initiative,” Mr Anthony said.

“Under this initiative the Government is trialing services targeting men and fathers.

“These programs help expectant dads and new dads with issues such as communication, child development, and promoting the role of the father and sharing of parenting tasks.

“While it is often very daunting for both parents when their first child is born, fathers sometimes need some specific help to face the challenges at this exciting time.

“The Government recognises the vital role of fathers in raising healthy children.”

Mr Anthony also congratulated AMP for sponsoring the program, describing it as “an excellent example of the social coalition at work.

“The $35,000 sponsorship from AMP along with the $207,000 funding from the Federal Government will enable Burnside to provide much needed support and advice to men.

“This program represents what can be achieved when governments, the community and business, work together for families and communities.

“I want to congratulate AMP and Burnside for showing initiative, and a strong sense of commitment to the needs of the local community.

“Their efforts and the efforts of other organisations running similar programs are sure to help new dads in a variety of practical ways.”