Rhonda Parker

Rhonda Parker


    Official launch of a mobile Parenting Information Centre based in Karratha

    28/10/1999 9:49 AM

      Parents in the Pilbara will have access to free parenting information and advice with the official launch today of a mobile Parenting Information Centre based in Karratha.

      In launching the centre, Family and Children’s Services Minister Rhonda Parker said the service had been developed to assist parents in the Pilbara with the unique challenges they face.

      “Many families have travelled to the region to work and don’t have the support of their extended families and other networks,” Mrs Parker said.

      “The mobile centre will visit towns in the region, remote Aboriginal and mining communities as well as families living on stations.

      “The service aims to further develop the skills of parents and increase their knowledge so they can solve their own problems rather than rely on the intervention of others.

      “It has been developed in response to research which found that parents view their parental responsibilities as daunting, challenging, demanding and rewarding.

      “While it is acknowledged that most parents do a very good job of raising their children, there is opportunity for better preparation for the parenting role.

      “When asked what would improve the upbringing of their children, one third of the parents surveyed nominated changes in their own behaviour as most important.”

      Information on parenting and family issues is available through pamphlets, videos, books and audio tapes. Material is also being developed in the Pilbara and other regions specifically for Aboriginal communities.

      The van is equipped with audio-visual equipment and a generator for when electricity is not available.

      There are currently 12 Parenting Information Centres around the State and six mobile centres.

      Media contact: Owen Cole 9481 7810