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Catholic Welfare pleased with politicians' support for family health


Catholic Welfare Australia yesterday welcomed moves by the Liberal and Labor parties to highlight the important issue of children's health and well-being.

The peak organisation representing the Church's social welfare agencies around the country believes that family support mechanisms must form a key part of the "whole-of-government" approach being promoted by Children and Youth Affairs Minister Larry Anthony.

Catholic Welfare praised Anthony for the "keen interest" he has demonstrated in addressing this issue. Director Toby O'Connor (pictured) stressed the importance of providing adequate support services that help to nurture children and to alleviate pressures on families.

The most recent issue of the organisation's Welfare Watch newsletter highlighted initiatives including the provision of over $11 million in funding to over 100 communities under the Stronger Families Communities program.

"We can try to put right all the anomalies that exist regarding access to health facilities, child care places, playgroups etc," he said Catholic Welfare. "The very health of families, which are themselves the basic cell upon which social cohesion relies, has a direct affect on the health and well-being of the child."

But Mr O'Connor indicated there is still room for "some lateral thinking [on the part of the Government] to ensure the health and well-being of all Australian children and their families is achieved no matter where they reside".

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Catholic Welfare Australia

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Catholic Welfare Australia | Welfare Watch
$11M for local projects in more than 100 communities (media release)
Hon. Larry Anthony, MP Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

29 Jan 2003