First 1000 Days movement – children, family, community, culture, country



Jackie Bennett,
University of Melbourne


Anne Taylor,
University of Melbourne
Tuesday 19 November 2019

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Room: Verdelho


Full Day: $150

Pre-Conference Workshop

First 1000 Days movement – children, family, community, culture, country


This year, FRSA is offering people an opportunity for people to participate in the First 1000 Days workshop, delivered by Jackie Bennett, First 1000 Days Regional Implementation Manger in the Moreton Bay Region and Anne Taylor, First 1000 Days Regional Implementation Manager in Townsville (both in QLD).

First 1000 Days is currently being implemented in Queensland aiming to provide a coordinated, comprehensive strategy to strengthen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families so they can address their children’s needs from pre-conception to two years of age, thereby laying the best foundation for their future health and wellbeing.  So by focusing on the babies being born and the First 1000 Days of their lives, families and communities build their own strengths and capabilities in ways that impact more broadly on outcomes beyond maternal child health outcomes.

First 1000 Days is premised on the family remaining the primary and preferred site for developing and protecting culture and identity in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

The session that Jackie and Anne will deliver will include the following elements:

  • A brief Introduction to the First 1000 Days.
  • How First 1000 Days is applied through a cultural lens; reflecting on how the perspectives have been embedded in Queensland across two sites.
  • Shared experiences and stories of the way Jackie and Anne have seen community workers interact with families and be brave enough to make positive changes within their organisations.

Activities will include:

  • Reflective practice exercises drawing on peoples lived experiences, their knowledge, their professional experiences that have influenced them directly and indirectly when they are interacting with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This exercise will highlight the differences and how much they are drawing on their own personal and professional values, beliefs and experiences.
  • Understanding privileges and how to be mindful of these privileges. What events in your personal and work life has influenced how you operate.
  • Understanding and identifying the cultural strengths and community and family assets of the communities you work and live in? Map out these services, communities, organisations, stakeholders, and families to find out who you want to actively engage with.

Finally, the presenters will revisit values and principles to reset the way in which they work to influence knowing, being and doing into the future to be in line with the First 1000 Days movement.

This workshop is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous people.


Jackie Bennett is a Kamilaroi/Bigambul woman from St George in South West Queensland and is a wife, mother of 4 beautiful adult children and a grandmother of 8 gorgeous grandchildren.
Jackie is currently employed by Melbourne University as the Regional Implementation Manager for the Moreton Bay Region in South East Queensland to Implement the First 1000 Days Australia program into the Moreton Bay Region.

Jackie’s past employment history includes being employed as the Cultural Diversity Advisor for C&K in Brisbane and Site Coordinator in Townsville for Good Beginnings Australia. In these roles, she has demonstrated her commitment to engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children into educational programs and educated early childhood educators about the importance of Embedding Aboriginal Perspectives in their classrooms.

Jackie was sponsored in 2016 by Educational Experience to participate in the Global Leaders for Young Children Program which is part of the World Forum Foundation. Since becoming a Global Leader for Young Children Jackie has also been involved in the World Forum Foundations Indigenous People’s Action Group, is a World Forum Foundation National Representative for Australia and is a Regional Coordinator for the 2019-2021 Indigenous/Roma Global Leaders Cohort.

Jackie has been the Vice President of the Koobara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kindergarten and Pre-School Board which has been in operation for 43 years.

Anne Taylor was born in Ayr, Queensland and raised across the river in Home Hill and has spent the last 20 years living in Townsville. She is of Irish and Torres Strait Islander descent with connections to the Dauer Meriam tribe from Mer (Murray Island). With her partner Lee Douglas, they are blessed with 3 beautiful daughters aged 22, 12 and 9 and spend most of their time supporting their daughters with their soccer commitments.

The Queensland Government provided Anne with an avenue to enter the workforce and the positions she has held over the past two decades have allowed her to build her skills, ability, knowledge and experience in working with and for individuals and families experiencing vulnerability, disadvantage and marginalisation.

Anne has a broad range of experience in child protection and family reforms, community development, project management, procurement and contract management in the North Queensland region such as Burdekin, Palm Island, Charters Towers/Hughenden, Ingham and Townsville.

In 2017, she decided to complete further studies and received a scholarship with the Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarship program to study a Bachelor of Human Services through the University of Southern Queensland.