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Healthier wealthier families

  • The Australian ‘Healthier Wealthier Families’ (HWF) is a collaboration that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of families with young children by reducing financial hardship.

    HWF helps families to receive the financial support they need by linking them with financial counselling services already available in the community.

    The project will extend financial support to children and families by partnering with Australian communities and researchers, and by making better use of existing health and social services.


    About Healthier Wealthier Families

    The HWF collaboration will test the feasibility and benefits of linking Australia’s existing community-based nursing and financial counselling services. It adapts a successful model used in Glasgow, Scotland to reduce the financial hardship experienced by families with young children.

    The successful pilot study reduced family stress, improved knowledge and increased annual income by an average of $6,504. Implementing and evaluating HWF with more communities will show how the partnership between health and social sectors can improve the financial and mental health experiences of Australian families with young children. Analysis of the benefits, costs and implementation of HWF will also contribute to building understanding of scaling and adaptation for other services. If you would like to learn more about Healthier Wealthier Families or are interested in partnering with us to support scaling of this initiative, please contact 

      Client stories

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      The Australian collaboration

      The HWF collaboration is led by the Centre for Community Child Health and BEST START-SW, in partnership with community-based Maternal and Child Health and Child and Family Health services, Uniting Vic.Tas, Upper Murray Family Care, Wesley Mission, the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research, the University of Melbourne, RMIT University, Western Sydney University, and the University of New South Wales. 

      Get in touch with Dr Anna Price to bring Healthier Wealthier Families to your community, learn more, or to join the research collaboration.

      How does financial hardship and poverty impact child and family health and wellbeing?

      The financial security of families is central to children’s wellbeing. It helps families access safe and healthy housing, nutritious food, healthcare and education, and enables children to grow up in environments with less financial stress. Unfortunately, in Australia, at least 1 in 6 children live in poverty, and one quarter experience deprivation (such as missing out on proper nutrition, housing and supportive personal relationships) due to financial hardship. Poverty can harm children’s future health, learning, economic productivity and participation in society. Without help, poverty can persist across generations. Our collaborative and service systems approach to reducing poverty and inequity aims to help our whole society be healthier and wealthier. Take a look at our Combatting child poverty landing page for related resources exploring the impacts of financial hardship and evidence-informed strategies to reduce financial hardship and poverty for families.

      Using research to advance the equity agenda

      The team presented at the International Congress of Evidence-based Parenting support (I-CEPS) at a symposium called 'The road to equity needs to be paved with more than good intentions: Using research to advance the equity agenda'. You can view the conference recording after clicking the link and registering for free. Topics covered include housing interventions for child protection and overviews of the Healthier Wealthier Families and right@home interventions.


        The Australian HWF trial registration



      Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

      The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.