Brighter Beginnings

An area of research strength

‘Brighter Beginnings: maternal wellness and the first 2000 days’ is a University of Canberra Area of Research Strength. It focuses on optimising health and wellbeing so that mothers and babies have the best possible start to life/parenthood. Our research seeks to exploit this significant time to promote health, build capacity for good health, informed decision making, positive parenting, strong relationships, social connectedness, and healthy lifestyles.

Brighter Beginnings’ members are from the disciplines of midwifery, psychology, nursing, pharmacy, dietetics, exercise physiology pharmacy, speech pathology and optometry. There is also consumer representation in a partnership with the Health Care Consumers’ Association and Multicultural Hub Canberra.

Active Beginnings Program

This is a six-week program that is free to join for women in Canberra who want to learn more about different types of exercise and physical activity, improve their health and well-being and meet other women.

Want to learn more about the program and activities? Visit Active Beginnings Program webpage!

About Brighter Beginnings

A University of Canberra research collaboration with a focus on maternal and child health.

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Our people

We are a group of health researchers at the University of Canberra with ties to the ACT community as well as health researchers across Australia.

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Our research

Find out more about what we're working on right now and what we're excited about.

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Accepting HDR students

By joining Brighter Beginnings as a HDR student you will have access to academics across the Faculty of Health ranging from midwifery to pharmacy. We also have strong connections to the ACT community. We'd love to hear from you - get in touch today!

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