Cairns Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

The Program

The Cairns Early Parenting Centre focuses on a ‘strengths-based’ model of care in which staff and patients identify specific parenting concerns and work in partnership to develop an action plan addressing these challenges. Desired outcomes upon completion of the program may include increasing parent’s skills and confidence in responding to the needs of their baby, improving sleep and settling behaviours, reducing the impacts of exhaustion, or supporting secure bonding and attachment interactions between parents and their babies.

Treatment may consist of a combination of group, one-on-one, practical demonstrations and family group treatments delivered in a Residential program.

Upon admission an assessment of your health and an assessment of your baby’s health, development and behaviour will be reviewed. An individual program, including age appropriate routine for your baby, is then designed in consultation with your family to specifically address your identified difficulties.

Residential Program

The Cairns Early Parenting Centre inpatient program is an intensive four night, five day program delivered at Cairns Private Hospital. During your stay, nursing staff are available to review your progress and provide support throughout the program, offering compassionate, hands-on help as required.

Three key components of the residential program include:

  • Daily self-care group session – a daily self-care sessions focusing on mindfulness and relaxation.
  • Group education – Group sessions run daily delivering education about infant behaviour and development, as well as adjusting to life with a baby. Group education sessions provide an excellent opportunity to socialise and share support, successes and difficulties while working to achieve individual goals.
  • Partner Support Program – The significance of the family unit is recognised by the provision of a partner support program. All partners are encouraged to participate in the full residential program where possible.