By email: Co-designVoice@niaa.gov.au
Dear Committee Members,
The Australian Breastfeeding Association welcomes the opportunity to
make a submission to the Interim Report to the Australian Government:
Indigenous Voice Co-Design Process.
About the Australian Breastfeeding Association
The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA, breastfeeding.asn.au) is a not-for-profit
organisation that supports, educates and advocates for a breastfeeding-inclusive
society, where breastfeeding is culturally normal and recognised as important by all
The Australian Breastfeeding Association is recognised as Australia’s peak information
and support service that:
• provides mothers with practical mother-to-mother support and evidence-based
information, to enable-them to make informed decisions on their breastfeeding
• provides high quality and accessible training, education and resources to ABA
volunteers, health professionals and the wider community to ensure skilled,
knowledgeable and practical breastfeeding support for mothers, and
• advocates to influence policymakers to ensure that the importance of
breastfeeding is understood and incorporated into policies, action plans and
In the spirit of mother-to-mother support, we make this statement to ensure Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander mothers’ ability to breastfeed and mother her child(ren) in
culturally appropriate ways is protected. Furthermore, we support the empowerment of
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people so their children will flourish, as called for
in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
ABA strongly supports the recommendations made by the From the Heart campaign in
response to the Interim Report to the Australian Government: Indigenous Voice Co-Design
Process and is preparing an organisational response that is currently under review.
We will provide an addendum to this submission at our earliest convenience.
Thank you for the opportunity.
President, Australian Breastfeeding Association
www.breastfeeding.asn.au | Breastfeeding Helpline 1800 686 268