The Parenting+ Program

We have developed a health literacy training program for new parents called Parenting+. The program embeds graded health literacy skills across a number of health topics relevant to new parents.

Development and piloting

Our program was co-designed with patient partners (new parents) and health staff, and tested in a pilot study funded by Western Sydney Local Health District and Western Sydney Primary Health Network.

What’s next?

We will now employ an effectiveness-implementation hybrid design to examine the replicability and scalability of the project across three Local Health Districts (LHDs). This includes a cluster-randomised controlled trial of the Parenting+ intervention delivered within established New Parents Groups across Western Sydney LHD, Sydney LHD and South Western Sydney LHD compared to standard parenting groups in these LHDs. The trial involves longitudinal data collection (6+12-months) to assess the impact on psychosocial outcomes, health service use and health outcomes. Qualitative methods will provide practical advice on implementation and adaptability of the intervention within and across the LHDs.

Publications to date

Using feasibility data and codesign to refine a group-based health literacy intervention for new parents

Muscat DM, Ayre J, Nutbeam D, Harris A, Tunchon L, Zachariah D, McCaffery KJ.  HLRP 2021; 5(4)

Embedding a Health Literacy Intervention Within Established Parenting Groups: An Australian Feasibility Study.

Muscat DM, Ayre J, Nutbeam D, Harris A, Tunchon L, Zachariah D, McCaffery KJ. Health Lit Res Pract. 2020; 4(1):e67-e78. doi: 10.3928/24748307-20200217-01

Validation of an Australian parenting health literacy skills instrument: The parenting plus skills index.

Ayre J, Costa DSJ, McCaffery KJ, Nutbeam D, Muscat DM. Patient Educ Couns. 2020 pii: S0738-3991(20)30039-2. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.01.012.