Meet six mothers who have made healthy changes for themselves and their families:
Well researched and extremely well prepared. The research findings were particularly apt, because I've never seen research findings on mothers or carers with child with a disability
I've been more open with people about when I need help. I'm able to communicate that more, knowing I need to do that to be able to look after myself and to relieve some of the pressure...
The mission of Healthy Mothers Healthy Families is to support, empower and encourage mothers of a child with a disability to learn about, and create a healthy lifestyle that fosters their own health and well-being, alongside a healthy, happy family life.
The workshops and website provide mothers with information, research findings and the shared wisdom of other mothers, to better support mothers to meet their important daily responsibilities caring for their child with a disability and family, whilst also caring for themselves. Healthy Mothers Healthy Families advocates for appropriate, evidence informed support that strengthens and empowers parents, carers and families.
Helen Bourke-Taylor PhD
Dr Helen Bourke-Taylor (PhD), is an occupational therapist, academic and researcher who works at Monash University, Frankston, Victoria. Helen worked with children and teenagers with disabilities for 20 years in both Melbourne and Chicago, USA. Helen’s PhD investigated the health and situation of mothers of children with disabilities in Victoria. The findings informed the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families program. Helen’s focus is on mothers and families, improving services for families, school support for students with atypical learning needs and the life opportunities of children/young people with disabilities.
Our Workshop Leaders
The Healthy Mothers Healthy Families team envisions a future where families receive full, comprehensive and coordinated services from the health, disability and education sectors so that all family members’ needs are evaluated and met.
Families raising a child with a disability have complex and multiple needs. Healthy Mothers Healthy Families is an innovative program that has been designed to meet the needs of mothers, empower mothers and celebrate mothers. Our aim for the future is that all family members have access to effective and inspiring programs and supports from the moment their loved child is diagnosed or acquires a disability or chronic medical condition. We believe that the future can be bright for all family members with tailored, responsive and available education and support.
note-all quotes provide the opinion of past participants of the program and were collected under research conditions. All names and identifying features have been changed to respect confidentiality of participants.
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