A day to honour parents and their commitment to children worldwide.
Global Day of Parents is a United Nations observance that is celebrated on June 1 each year.
Parents are among the most important people in the lives of children. Parents include mothers and fathers, as well as other caregivers who act as parents.
From birth, children rely on parents to provide them with the care they need to be happy and healthy, and to grow and develop well. One of the smartest investments a society can make is to foster the health of its parents.
Healthy, strong and confident parents give a baby the best start at birth, influencing the long-term wellness of themselves and their child. This is especially relevant to mothers, due to the unique biological connection during pregnancy. yet, we have no real comprehensive understanding of the long term impact on health and well-being of parents suffering from harm, disability, grief, trauma, anxiety and depression for long periods of time following the birth of a child.
As a society until we value parenting, acknowledging that a woman having a baby and parents raising a child provides a community good at significant personal cost, nothing will change
With a new government in power at the federal level, we hope to see significant shifts in the way parents are supported in Australia.
This is a once-in-a generation opportunity to show that parents health matters and requires that our leaders to be bold, brave and determined.