About the infant program

What is the Infant Program?

The Infant Program is a six session lifestyle program delivered to parents of young infants over the first 18 months of life. It’s a fully evaluated program that has shown we can influence parent’s knowledge and parenting confidence, and improve lifestyle behaviours of mothers and their young children.

The program aims to promote healthy eating and active play behaviours in parents and their children. Emphasis is placed on improving knowledge, skills and strategies known to promote healthy eating (feeding styles and food provided) and active play (physical activity and sedentary behaviours) across these first years. A strong emphasis is placed on parental modelling of healthy lifestyle behaviours.

Where can I attend an Infant Program?

The Infant Program is available at the following locations:

Location Website Contact
Healthy Together Knox Healthy Together Knox
Infant Program sessions currently running in Rowville and Wantirna. We are recruiting parents to the Infant Program from May to September 2014.
Ashleigh Cochrane
Program Support Worker
(works Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays only)
Phone: 03 9298 8889
Email: HealthyTogether@knox.vic.gov.au
Healthy Together Latrobe Healthy Together Latrobe Claire Watts
Senior Health Promotion Officer
Healthy Together Latrobe
Phone: 03 5136 5320
Email: claire.watts@lchs.com.au
Healthy Together Mildura Healthy Together Mildura Phone: 03 5018 8524
Email: info@healthytogethermildura.com.au
Healthy Together Whittlesea Healthy Together Whittlesea Infant Program sessions currently running in Thomastown, Lalor and Epping North.
Please contact us if you’re interested in starting a group near you.
Phone: 03 9217 2531
Email: healthytogether@whittlesea.vic.gov.au
Healthy Together Wyndham Carol McIntyre
Acting Area Leader Maternal and Child Health
Healthy Together Wyndham
Phone: 03 9742 8116
Email: carol.mcintyre@wyndham.vic.gov.au or MCHAdministration@wyndham.vic.gov.au
Healthy Together Geelong Healthy Together Geelong
Phone or email to be linked to a program in your location.
Phone: Infant Facilitators at Bethany on 03 52788122
Email: infantprogram@bethany.org.au
Swan Hill District Health www.shdh.org.au
Learn more about healthy lifestyles by subscribing to our website at: http://eatmovesmile.shdh.org.au
Dietetics Department
Swan Hill District Health
Phone: 03 5033 9337
Email: health.promotion@shdh.org.au

How was the infant program developed?

Researchers at the Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research at Deakin University, and the Royal Children’s Hospital developed the InFANT program and then trialled it with 542 families across 14 Victorian Local Government Areas. The results of this high quality randomised controlled trial were very encouraging and with support from Victoria’s Department of Health the Infant Program will now be offered to many more parents across Victoria.

Infant program specific resources