In 2021, SMS4dads received Federal Government funding to expand SMS4dads. PANDA, Red Nose, the National Rural Health Alliance, Telethon Kids Institute and the Australian Indigenous Health Info Net also came on board. We thank these funding partners and contributors to SMS4dads.



There are many wonderful organisations on board to further the work and research into early intervention in parenthood and to support men’s mental health and wellbeing. 

By collaborating with like-minded organisations we enhance our contribution and develop more effective support services for new dads and their families.

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The original SMS4dads Program was developed as a research project at the University of Newcastle then piloted extensively. The program was found to be a very successful way to reach fathers directly in a non-invasive manner. Fathers enrolled and remained in the program throughout its duration. They also sang its praises.

Recognising the program’s potential to engage fathers, the Department of Health funded the University of Newcastle to roll out the program nationally over the next three years.

The content and reach is being expanded to focus on key areas where fathers need additional support. These include rural and remote dads, Aboriginal dads, grieving dads and those with partners suffering from a mental illness or struggling with their own mental health.

The Uni is working in partnership with services specialising in these areas to ensure that the messages to fathers are targeted and evidence-based. They will also help reach out to fathers through their existing networks.

The partnering organisations include:

Richard Fletcher

Associate Professor, PhD

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