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Signposts was jointly developed in 1998 by the Parenting Research Centre (PRC) and RMIT University staff in conjunction with parents.  It was funded by the Victorian Government Department of Human Services (DHS), Disability Services.

Program phases


  • Program jointly developed by PRC and RMIT University with input from parents, funded by DHS, Disability Services


  • 444 practitioners trained


  • Specialist Children’s Services reviewed the program as suitable for preschool children


  • Rural Signpost Project was conducted as a joint project between RMIT University, PRC and DHS to deliver telephone and self-directed modes, funding via a linkage grant from the Australian Research Council


  • 12 regional coordinators supported a network of trained practitioners and delivered the program Victoria-wide
  • 12 metropolitan and regional locations
  • 524 additional practitioners were equipped with skills to deliver Signposts in their local community
  • 2,600 parents and carers participated, reporting significant improvements in feelings of confidence and effectiveness


  • Signposts goes international, with facilitators trained in the county of Chester in the United Kingdom


  • Signposts becomes available at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore


  • Signposts offered to practitioners in New Zealand.
  • DEECD funds a trial of the program with Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) waiting list families.



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