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Aboriginal families

This easy to read and colourful series of booklets help Aboriginal families, parents and carers with parenting tips and family information to help grow up strong healthy kids.

The books talks about how families can help babies to grow up strong by spending time with them—cuddling, playing, singing, reading, listening, telling stories and talking.

Our Aboriginal resources have been written in collaboration with different Aboriginal communities to ensure that they reflect the different Aboriginal languages in NSW and also include photos of Aboriginal families local to the regions. An evaluation of these books was completed in 2011 and the final report is now available.

The booklets also provide useful contacts for Aboriginal organisations in the local regions.

Growing Up Strong Booris

Illawarra and Shoalhaven

Growing Up Strong Booris – basic child development information for Aboriginal families in a simple format using words from the Wandanian and Dharawal languages.

Darkinyng Yada Gudjagang: Strong Healthy Kids

Central coast

Darkinyung Yada Gudjagang: Strong Healthy Kids – information for Aboriginal families in the Darkinyung language. Talks about how we can help Gudjagang to grow up strong by spending time with them.

Growing Up Strong Wonai

Hunter region

Growing Up Strong Wonai – languages from both the Awabakal and Worimi people and information about how we can help our Burray and Wonai to grow up strong by spending time with them.

Happy Gamambi, Healthy Dhalayi, Strong Burray

Mid North Coast

Happy Gamambi, Healthy Dhalayi, Strong Burray – offers information about child development and includes words from three Aboriginal languages of Gumbaynggirr, Dhanggati and Gathang.

Growing Up Strong Cuchicums

Northern Sydney

Growing Up Strong Cuchicums – contains ideas about activities for children and basic child development information using words from the Guringai and Dharug languages.

Deadly Healthy Bubs

South East Sydney

Deadly Healthy Bubs – includes information about what bubs do at different stages, ideas about things we can do with our bubs, games and activities and contacts to help with parenting.

Growing Up Strong Kooris

South West Sydney

Growing Up Strong Kooris – basic child development information and ideas for activities and games that Aboriginal parents and carers can play to help little Kooris grow up strong.

Growing Up Strong Booris

South East NSW

Growing Up Strong Booris – offers basic child development information in a simple format and uses words from the Dhurga language which is one of the four dialects used by the Djuwin (Yuin) people.

Growing Up Strong Guring

Sydney Inner West

Growing Up Strong Guring – basic child development information to help Aboriginal families using words from the Eora language.

Growing Up Strong and Healthy Bubs

Western Sydney & Blue Mountains

Growing Up Strong and Healthy Bubs – basic child development information to help Aboriginal families using words from the Dharug language.

Growing Up Strong Birrali and Gundanoo

Far Western NSW

Growing Up Strong Birrali and Gundanoo – resource for Aboriginal and family workers in the Far West region of NSW: Goodooga and surrounding districts.

Growing Up Strong Jarjums

North Coast of NSW

Doordarnbee Muggy Jarjums: Growing Up Strong Jarjums – basic child development information to help Aboriginal families using words from the Bundjalung language and Yaegl dialect.

Father, Mother, Child

New England area

Bubaa Ngambaa Gaayili, Father Mother Child – offers basic child development information in a simple format incorporating the Gamilaraay and Nganyawana languages.

Growing Up Strong Buraay

Riverina, Murray and Central West

Growing Up Strong Buraay – offers information on children's behaviour and how best to care for them, together with ideas for simple games and activities, incorporating Wiradjuri language terms.

Other resources for Aboriginal families

games card

Games cards – simple games to play with babies and toddlers

information sheets

Being dad, being proud information sheets for Aboriginal dads with children 0-6 months6-12 months1-3 years3-5 years and 5-8 years.