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ac.care acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


In this video, released for NAIDOC Week 2020, ac.care's Aaron McArthur encourages other Aboriginal men to seek support if they face challenges in their life that they struggle to cope with alone, explaining there is strength in working together with others.
He once faced the threat of being homeless with his sons, but sought support from ac.care in the Riverland, where he now works supporting other people in the community.
He shared his story at Berri in South Australia, along with his passion for maintaining and sharing connection with his culture.
Thank you Blake Allan Media for your fantastic work on shooting and editing this powerful video to share Aaron's message.


A commitment to cultural diversity and respect is fundamental to ac.care's dedication to supporting all people living in rural South Australia, with a particular focus on Aboriginal communities and families.

ac.care has been invited - as the only non-Aboriginal organisation - to be a core member of the Aboriginal State wide Advisory Committee on Services for Vulnerable Children and their families.

All programs delivered by ac.care are for Aboriginal people and we have some that are specifically tailored to Aboriginal people. We employ Aboriginal staff and work with Aboriginal Communities to ensure our services are culturally appropriate.



HIPPY is a free early education program based in Murray Bridge and the Riverland

We provide resources and fun opportunities for young people 3 to 4 years of age to reach their potential.

Tutors visit with resources weekly for children to use and explore. We are a community that supports each other and has fun with our kids.

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is a home-based, early learning and parenting program that empowers you to be your child’s first teacher and supports your child’s transition to school.

Join thousands of families doing HIPPY across Australia. You will receive free resources, activity packs and storybooks to assist you in actively playing and learning with your child.

We hope that you enjoy working with your tutor, meeting other HIPPY families and doing HIPPY with your child.


HIPPY comprises a curriculum of activity packs over two years.

Your HIPPY tutor will practice the activities with you, using role play in a weekly home visit in Age 3 and a fortnightly visit in Age 4.

Each pack has five activities for you to do with your child as well as ideas so that learning can happen everywhere at any time.

The packs support your child’s learning in the following areas: Thinking and exploring; Communication; Creativity; Social and emotional; Family and community.


Tutors are parents who are also doing HIPPY with their child or have recently graduated from HIPPY.

Your HIPPY tutor is trained in the HIPPY activities and will practice the activities with you at each home visit.

Your HIPPY child does not have to be there when the tutor visits. You can meet your tutor at home or somewhere else, like a park or a library. After this, you do the activities with your child.


Group meetings give parents a chance to learn more about their children’s development and behaviour and to find out about local services, schools and free local activities. Parents can also participate in training and short courses for FREE.

You’ll meet new families and make friends and there is usually good food and coffee. You can relax and chat while your children play supervised with other HIPPY children.

The best part is recent research has found that families’ participation at group meetings improves children’s school readiness.

HIPPY Australia and ac.care acknowledge past, present and emerging Elders and Traditional Owners of the lands and seas across Australia.

The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters is funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence holds the licence to operate HIPPY in Australia.

Your Murray Bridge HIPPY coordinator is:

Kayla Borchardt
p 0487 561 182
e Kayla.Borchardt@accare.org.au

Your Riverland HIPPY coordinator is:

Tenesha Pickering
p 0438 675 650
e Tenesha.Pickering@accare.org.au

ac.care Murraylands Centre

29 Bridge Street
Murray Bridge
South Australia 5253
p 08 8531 4900
Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm

ac.care Berri Community Centre

5 Kealley Street
South Australia 5343
p 08 8582 5300
Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm

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“The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the Australia Government or officers of the Department of Social Services”. “HIPPY was developed at the NCJW Research Institute for Innovation in Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the HIPPY Programs are affiliates of HIPPY International.