Published: Thursday 05 December 2019
TRA hosted an inaugural workshop recently focusing on developing national priorities and next steps to improve health outcomes for multiple-birth babies and their families. Over 30 participants attended and affirmed their commitment to working together to elevate awareness and action in four high-priority areas.
New findings, recommendations and actions presented at the workshop are being collated into a report to be released in early 2020. The following outlines the participants in, and aims of, this national initiative.
Image: (left to right) TRA Deputy Director, Kate Murphy; AMBA Chair, Ashlee Tenberge; ICOMBO Chair, Monica Rankin; TRA Deputy Director (Research), Jeff Craig.
About the workshop
Twins Research Australia hosted the National agenda-setting workshop: Driving better health outcomes for multiple-birth families at the University of Melbourne on 5 December 2019. The workshop was a collaboration of Twins Research Australia, Australian Multiple Birth Association, and International Council of Multiple Birth Organisations.
Open to people and organisations involved in the lives of multiple-birth families, its aim was to brainstorm next steps and to create a network of passionate people to drive this agenda forward.
It follows the release of the paper, Multiple Perspectives: What support do multiple-birth families need to live happy and healthy lives?
Workshop participants included health professionals, researchers, educators, government agencies, not-for-profit and community organisations, parents of twins and adult twins.
The main focus was a round-table discussion looking at recommendations for action in four high-priority areas as identified by the paper:
The workshop included:
Recommendations, actions and next steps from the workshop are being collated into a report due for release in early 2020. Please join our Facebook (general), Facebook (researcher), Twitter or LinkedIn to be alerted to the report's release.