Clinical psychologist Arvind Ponnapalli … offering an Indigenous Triple P program in Cherbourg (Photo: DDHHS)
Artwork to promote the D’arin Djanum program by Cherbourg artist Rocko Langton (Photo: DDHHS)

February 2, 2021

Cherbourg parents and care-givers have been invited to take part in a free “positive parenting” program next week which aims to build on the strengths and resilience of the community.

For the past two years Darling Downs Health, via Cherbourg Health Service, has been working with CRAICCHS and the University of Queensland to roll out Indigenous Positive Parenting Programs (Triple P) in the community.

The programs are known collectively as “D’arin Djanum”, which means “strong together” in Wakka Wakka.

Clinical psychologist Arvind Ponnapalli, co-ordinator of the project, said it aimed to provide positive support for parents and families.

“The D’arin Djanum project rests on the proven fact that ‘strong together’ families can create a strong foundation for children, support their growth and development, guide them through challenges of life, and teach positive cultural values,” Mr Ponnapalli said.

“According to a recent independent report by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Triple P is one of only two programs given a ‘very high’ evidence rating in an international review of 26 parenting interventions designed to prevent or reduce the negative impact of adverse childhood experiences.

“This is why we’re extremely excited to be offering our first Indigenous Triple P group program which will be held over three days on February 9-10 and March 2 at The Ration Shed Boys Dormitory conference facilities.

“To complete the program, parents or caregivers must attend each of the three days from 9:30am to 2:00pm.

“It will be led by local practitioners who know the Cherbourg community and is free to Cherbourg parents, grandparents and carers of children between two and 12 years of age.”

Dr Karen Turner, from the University of Queensland’s Parenting and Family Support Centre, said Triple P programs were the result of years of program development and research.

“The parenting support programs we are drawing on are backed by more than 300 trials and studies showing that families find the positive parenting strategies helpful,” Dr Turner said.

“As program developers we have had wonderful opportunities to work with many different communities to adapt the program and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.”

Parents and caregivers interested in registering for the Indigenous Triple P group program should contact Cherbourg Community Health on (07) 4169-8900 or CRAICCHS on (07) 4169-8600.

COVID-safe catering, including morning tea and lunch, will be provided. Participants will also receive free Triple P resources.

A Darling Downs Health spokesperson said more parenting groups and seminars were planned for the rest of the year to coincide with the school terms.

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