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Support for Karinya Mums’n’Bubs program

·         Recurrent funding to ensure program can continue to be delivered
·         Young parents need the tools to succeed
·         Labor to invest in new Mother Baby Units and Child and Family Centres
A Majority Labor Government will support Karinya to provide its important Young Mums’n’Bubs program.
Deputy Labor Leader Michelle O’Byrne said Labor would provide Karinya with recurrent funding of $200,000 a year over three years.
“This valuable program provides support and accommodation to young pregnant women and young mums and dads in Launceston, who are aged between 15 and 19,” Ms O’Byrne said.
“We know that without this service many young people would be homeless or at risk of homelessness at a time which can be incredibly challenging.
“Labor wants to ensure that children and their young parents are given the tools to succeed.
“We know that these types of investments improve health, education and other outcomes.”
Karinya Young Women’s Service has been operating a crisis accommodation service for young women in Launceston since 1979.
The Young Mums’n’Bubs program is an early intervention service for pregnant teenagers and young parents aged 15–19 that fills a gap in services for this particular group in the Launceston area.
Ms O’Byrne said in addition to this funding, Labor was investing in services to improve outcomes for the youngest Tasmanians and their parents.
Labor will fund public mother and baby units in the North, North-West and South. Currently only one public mother and baby unit bed exists, in Hobart.
Each unit will be staffed with qualified accredited midwives with additional qualifications in lactation consultancy and maternal and child health.
“Support and care for new parents is vital to ensure babies get the best start in life and to develop healthy and strong parent and child relationships,” Ms O’Byrne said.
A majority Labor Government will also build six new Child and Family Centres around the state.
“Child and Family Centres deliver brilliant outcomes and more communities in Tasmania deserve access to them,” Ms O’Byrne said.