Healthy & Safe

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents with learning difficulties who are the main caregivers of a child less than five years old

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 4

Brief Description

Healthy & Safe. An Australian Parent Education Kit is a home‐based education resource tailored to the unique learning needs of parents with learning difficulties. It is designed to equip these parents who have young children with the knowledge and skills necessary for managing home dangers, accidents, and childhood illness.

Healthy & Safe was adapted from the UCLA Parent-Child Health and Wellness Program developed by Alexander Tymchuk (Tymchuk, A. J. (2006). The health & wellness program: A parenting curriculum for families at risk. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company) and has been widely disseminated as a part of the Australian national strategy Healthy Start. Healthy Start is a national capacity building strategy which aims to improve health and well-being outcomes for children whose parents have learning difficulties (

The Healthy & Safe kit provides lesson plans, modules, and parent workbooks covering 6 health and 13 home safety topics including recognizing when your child is sick, calling the doctor, using medicines safely, identifying dangerous objects in the home, and developing a home safety plan.

Program Goals:

The goals of Healthy & Safe are:

  • Improved parent understanding of health and symptoms of illness
  • Improved parent understanding of and skills to manage home dangers and prevent accidents and injury
  • Improved parent knowledge of and skills needed to recognize and respond in an appropriate and timely way to illness and emergencies
  • Improved parent knowledge about visiting the doctor, knowing when to call, what information to provide, and what questions to ask
  • Improved parent understanding of how to use medicines safely

Contact Information

Catherine Wade, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Parenting Research Centre
Phone: +61 3 8660 3500
Fax: + 61 3 8660 3599

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2014