Parent Aide Unit

Mater’s Parent Aide Unit is a home visiting service utilising trained volunteers (Parent Aides) who seek to improve infant-parent relationships. The program is coordinated by experienced health professionals and has an early intervention and prevention focus.

Referrals to Mater’s Parent Aide Unit most often arise from Mater Mothers’ Hospital or Community Child Health Services, although referrals from other agencies and self-referrals are also welcome. Parent Aides help parents who are experiencing difficulty with parenting in general, and work with parents and carers to promote and enhance positive outcomes for the overall health and wellbeing of themselves and their infant or toddler. Parent Aides support the development of optimum attachment relationships between parents/carers and their infants, to provide a strong foundation for the future.

Parent Aides seek to work through a befriending relationship which they develop with families, often over many months. They offer information, suggestions, practical help and, importantly, encouragement—either in person or by telephone, particularly at times of crisis or distress.

Parent Aides can work with parents or expectant parents/carers from the antenatal period through to when the child is two years old, with priority given to families where children are thought to be ‘at risk’. but this is not necessarily the case.

The catchment area for this service extends to suburbs on Brisbane’s south bounded by Murarrie to the east, Calamvale to the south and Carole Park to the West.

Parent Aide Unit
Lower Loyola House
Annerley Road
South Brisbane Qld 4101
Telephone: 07 3163 2234 Facsimile: 07 3163 1665
Email: parentaideunit@mater.org.au

 

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