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Good Start Program. “ Bringing health back to our people”. Presented by: Inez Fainga’a Manu-Sione. Pacific Islander and Maori People Health. Family Nights. Walking groups. Fitness for Life. Parents and carers High Schools and Communities Adults. MPI Power Up. MPI Junior Chef’

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Good Start Program

“Bringing health back to our people”

Presented by: Inez Fainga’a Manu-Sione

family centred health prevention model

Family Nights

Walking groups

Fitness for Life

Parents and carers

High Schools and Communities


MPI Power Up

MPI Junior Chef’

Cooking sessions

MPI Junior Chef’

Cooking sessions

Maori and

Pacific Islander


12 to 17 year olds

(High Schools)

High Schools

3 to 12 year olds

(Primary Schools)

Primary schools

MPI Can you Dance?

Cultural dance and nutrition

Leadership training

MPI Eat Well

Nutrition sessions

MPI Power Up

Physical activity


MPI Got Talent

Performing art

Walk for Life

Health kiosks

Pacifika Health Forums

Family Centred Health Prevention Model

The Good Start Program

  • Evidence based, best practice approach using multicultural health workers from the same communities
  • Culturally tailored activities, fun and interactive
  • Simple messages, simple objectives
  • Session delivery when families can attend (early morning, after working hours, on week-ends)

The Good Start Team

13 Multicultural health workers from 7 different communities in Metro North, Metro South and West Moreton regions

2 Multicultural health workers for the Gold Coast region

2 Multicultural health workers in Cairns


Education QLD Accreditation

  • Structured community-based learning
  • 1 QCE points
  • In house trainings: 3 days basics of nutrition – 2 days training facilitation
  • 50 hours of community work
  • Create qualified and employable community champions

Measureable Outcomes

  • - Engagement and health-related practices
  • MPI Junior Chef shows -increase in the numbers of children now cooking in the family home. There has been a - decrease in the amount of sugary drinks and ‘junk food’ items in the students’ diets. There has been a -rise in physical activities.
  • Teachers participating in MPI Power Up have reported that the students’ engagement in school has increased .
  • Teachers involved in MPI Eat Well have reported changes in lunch box content toward a healthier lunch box and increase of school attendance on the days the Good start program operates.

Measureable Outcomes

  • Knowledge, attitudes and health-related practices
  • Term 3 2013
  • The results show:
  • That the Good Start Program is having a positive effect on knowledge, attitudes and practices with regard to both fruit and vegetables, in children involved in the program
  • In most of the areas there was at least a 10% improvement in pre and post test results and a significant effect
  • There was no real change in attitudes to fruit (as attitudes were already high at baseline) and a significant difference in attitudes to vegetables showing that the program is having the intended effect
  • Vegetable intake in this population, although it improved, was still low at 30% of children eating 5 or more serves/day , with room for further improvement.

Good Start Program

  • 184 St Pauls Tce
  • Spring Hill 4000
  • Ph. 3250 8598