From prams to baby clothes, the Dandelion Support Network is caring for families at Blacktown Hospital

Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital’s (BMDH) Social Work Department is empowering families to face the challenges and joys that come with parenthood with assistance from the Dandelion Support Network.

Those most at need throughout Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) are benefiting from this crucial support service, including young parents, single mothers, new arrivals to Australia, survivors of domestic violence, those experiencing homelessness and other adversities.

Dandelion Support Network is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supplying high-quality baby essentials to families experiencing financial hardship.

These essentials include prams, car seats, cots, bassinets, baby clothes, and much more.  

Thanks to Dandelion, the Blacktown Hospital Social Work Team have been able to supply nursery provisions to numerous families experiencing a range of stressors whilst preparing for the birth of their baby.  

BMDH Social Work Department offers a service catering to children aged between 0-16 years as well as pregnant women accessing their antenatal and postnatal care across BMDH.

Those with complex social situations requiring intensive support during their pregnancy are prioritised with support around difficulties that may impact families and their health outcomes.

This could include crisis counselling, communication support, advocacy where required and referral to services.

In an interview with The Pulse, BMDH Social Work Team Leader Anna Fainuu discussed the importance of the multidisciplinary field of social work.

Social workers are dedicated to achieving social justice by highlighting the impact of social determinants on health and wellbeing outcomes for families and working alongside patients and their families to advocate for choice in their healthcare and equity of access to resources.

Anna Fainuu

If you have good quality nursery items, you would like to donate please speak with a Women and Children’s Health Social Worker at BMDH.