Logan Together is a 10-year community movement to grow children up well. It’s a collaboration between the community, service providers, community organisations, government partners and the business community to ensure Logan kids grow up as healthy and full of potential as any other group of Australian kids.
It’s the early years that are the most important years.
Logan Together harnesses the power of Collective Impact approaches to co-ordinate action across each age and stage of childhood, focusing on the things they know from data, research and public voice, that make a real difference in the lives of young children. Logan Together is guided by the Roadmap for Change, with goals and projects at each age and stage from pregnancy to age 8 – underpinned by family foundations, a strong community and systems reform.
Kids who are doing well by age 8 have the best chance to be healthy, happy and resilient adults. The years 0-3 are particularly critical. About 70% of Logan kids are thriving across all aspects of wellbeing – Logan Together is about getting that number to higher. They want to help 5,000 more kids in Logan thrive by 2025 – and through community, government and philanthropic partnerships, the Logan Together movement is making sure that happens.
Partnership, Achievements and Resources
Dusseldorp Forum has partnered with Logan Together since 2017 and has committed to five years of support for the implementation of Logan community plan to give their children the best start in life.
$500,000 committed in 2017 over five years to deliver the Logan Together Roadmap
$15,000 to support the ChangeFest network goals for 2019
Advocating alongside Logan Together for a national, place based social investment policy
- Rates of low/poor ante-natal care and birth outcomes in Logan were at 12% of the birthing population in 2014 – way adrift of the state average of 5%. The Maternity Hubs project which introduced a new model of community-based care has been transformative and the Logan figure has now fallen to 4%.
- Rates of smoking cessation during pregnancy are just 15% across Australia. Among the 210 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women birthing through the new hubs model in the past year, the smoking cessation rate is 64%.
- The data snapshot shows how Logan is faring on the Australian Early Development Census (2018) compared to similar communities in Queensland. There is a clear and sustained trend to improvement with the “gap” to Australian and Queensland benchmarks narrowing by 1% since 2012.
To me being a father means being there everyday for my boys, for cuddles and to show them the right path in life. I start work at 4.00am but I Facetime them every morning to say good morning and wish them a deadly day.
Aaron Melville, LOGAN, QLD