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I developed an intervention package called Learning to Communicate, to help parents
learn how to set up an environment that fosters early communication development.
It required working not just with speech pathologists, but with occupational therapists
and physiotherapists, nursing and medical staff as well as the parents—making all of them
feel like they were equal contributors to the intervention. It took a while to get everybody
on board. That intervention package became incorporated into the Miller Early Sustained
Home-Visiting Program, the first randomised, controlled, trial of sustained home visiting
in Australia. I’m very pleased that it’s now used not only in Australia, but in Korea and
in other countries. It’s a great privilege to have been part of something that started with
an observation of mothers and babies.
Photographer Pat Russell, 2017