Gurmesh Singh MP


Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh congratulates a local recipient of the NSW Government’s Investing in Women funding program, designed to increase women’s economic opportunities and health and wellbeing.

Mr Singh said he’s pleased $50,000 had been allocated to Associate Professor Gillian Gould and her all-women team comprising Aboriginal researchers, non-Indigenous researchers and experts’ collaborative effort, the MAMA-EMPOWER App for a healthy Indigenous pregnancy.

Associate Professor Gould is based in Coffs Harbour, where she’s established a University of Newcastle-affiliated research hub.

“In consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, the university team has co-designed a mobile app to specifically address social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal women during preconception or pregnancy,” Mr Singh said.

“The app provides tailored support to women to tackle four risk factors impacting their health – smoking, alcohol, physical activity and low fruit/vegetable intake.

“The Investing in Women Fund advances the role, status and contribution of women and girls in the community and encourages more diversity and flexibility in the workplace.”

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said successful programs across NSW will foster women’s wellbeing from a grassroots level.

“These initiatives are all about helping vulnerable women get back on their feet, rediscover their confidence and find financial independence,” Mrs Taylor said.

“All of the programs will empower women by giving them the tools they need to make a better life for themselves and those close to them.”

Since 2013, the Investing in Women Funding Program has provided more than $2.3 million to projects that support women. For more information, visit