SUPPORT: Professionals Suzanne Mungall, Julie Jenkins, Lauren Flint and Emma Landherr aim to give new parents the support they need in Kingaroy.
SUPPORT: Professionals Suzanne Mungall, Julie Jenkins, Lauren Flint and Emma Landherr aim to give new parents the support they need in Kingaroy. Jessica McGrath

Giving new parents the tools to keep families healthy

KEEPING up with the latest health advice for babies can be overwhelming, with 60 per cent of Australians reportedly having less than adequate levels of health literacy.

A program run out of the Kingaroy Library is hoping to change these ABS statistics and provide a community of support for new parents.

Lauren Flint runs the South Burnett Mum's Information and Support Group and brings health professionals to new parents.

"Mums are the first line of where anything in the family goes wrong. Generally, they make the decisions,” she said.

"If you raise their health literacy rates, then they can raise the kid's health literacy rates.”

The group hosts guest speakers from physiotherapists, Queensland Ambulance, child health nurses, children's car seat experts, dietitians and dentists.

"We want to develop health literacy, connect other mums with each other and to those health professionals they'll know who to turn to when they need it,” she said.

The mother of three under five had gone to a similar group before she moved to Kingaroy and felt the town was missing an information group for new parents.

"You need to have that sort of support, you shouldn't have to do it alone,” Mrs Flint said.

"To have this linked to information is a draw card and more people need to hear about it.”

The program consists of a six-week block of information sessions, and several rounds of it will be held throughout the year.

The group targets parents with newborn babies to six-month olds, however parents with older children are welcome too.

The group is held on Monday mornings from 10am at the Kingaroy library after Rhyme Time.

For more information visit the South Burnett Mum's Information and Support Group Facebook page.

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