Healthy Weight 2008 - Australia's Future - The National Action Agenda for children and young people and their families

Maternal and infant health (including hospitals, infant and child health clinics, community health services)

Page last updated: 04 July 2011

Outcomes sought

  • Increased proportion of women of childbearing age and fathers, who undertake healthy eating and active living for healthy weight.
  • Increased proportion of infants exclusively breastfed to six months of age, and to 12 months and beyond with appropriate complementary foods.
  • Increased proportion of breastfeeding friendly health services, childcare services, workplaces and community settings.

2004 Actions

Health sector leadership:

  • Extend ‘good’ practice programs for healthy eating (including breastfeeding) and active living within antenatal and postnatal care (including home visiting), and increase the access of these services by Indigenous people.
  • Develop and disseminate information resources for parents at different stages of their child’s development—starting with new parents—on healthy eating, active living and healthy weight for themselves as well as their child.
  • Assist hospitals and health services to be accredited as ‘Baby Friendly’ hospitals and community services.
  • Develop and implement breastfeeding support policies and programs for all government organisations at local, state, territory and federal levels—with health departments leading by example.