Our research over many years has demonstrated that the existing system of services is struggling to redress the profound health and social distress being experienced by many Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory.
The operating principles of Children’s Ground – to start early; to stay through the life course of the child and the family; to provide excellence and innovation in the areas of learning, development and wellbeing; to ensure the voice and ownership of the community are central; and to work intensively with a community to create the critical mass for a change across a generation – are key drivers for change.
The intent to bring these principles together and to implement them on the scale and with the type of relationship with community that Children’s Ground proposes, is what makes this approach exciting.
Our recent Early Childhood Series identifies key areas of learning and practice needed to secure long term wellbeing for children. Children’s Ground is both informed by and responds to key recommendations of this work and provides the practical systemic response to what we know to be both creating and sustaining disadvantage.
We look forward to working with Children’s Ground and other key research institutes to participate in both a longitudinal and evaluation framework as Children’s Ground unfolds.
Professor Jonathan Carapetis
Director, Menzies School of Health Research, Northern Territory