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The seminar, SMS4dads – Empowering new First Nations fathers in rural and  remote Australia will be presented by David Edwards.

The seminar will be streamed via Zoom on Thursday September 15 from 4pm – 5pm.

presentation will look at how a SMS message-based health promotion program supports new First Nations fathers during the perinatal period.

SMS4dads is a free digital early intervention service that has been delivering strengths-based text messages to soon-to-be and new dads for several years. A new program called SMS4deadlydads now sends texts with cultural content to empower expecting and new First Nations fathers.

The messages will help overcome the challenge of First Nations dads accessing information to support them when becoming a parent.  Typically, many men do not participate in antenatal classes and midwifery visits that lack father-inclusive practice. SMS4dads helps overcome this barrier by sending regular tips and information to encourage and support men who enrol in their journey of becoming a father.

The SMS messages are timely and relevant as they are synched with the stage of a pregnancy and the date of the baby’s birth up until the child is 1 year old. Some texts have links to further online resources including some short videos of Uncle Mick Adams yarning about issues First Nations dads may face. An interactive mood checker is also regularly sent to link those fathers that need support to counselling services.

The SMS4dads in Rural and Remote Communities project is funded by the Dept of Health and run by University of Newcastle.

David Edwards is a Worimi man and works promoting father-inclusive practice in the perinatal space with the University of Newcastle’s SMS4dads project. David is also a voluntary trainer for the Core of Life pregnancy and child birth education program for young people. David is also Director for the WellMob website project under the national e-Mental Health in Practice from University of Sydney’s University Centre for Rural Health in Bundjalung country. David is a member of the Dept of Health’s National Digital Mental Health Advisory Group along with other national mental health reference groups to advocate for culturally informed practice for First Nations Australians.

For further information please email [email protected] or call 02 6621 1113