Tweddle Child and Family Health Service is a not for profit early intervention and prevention health service with a focus on families in Victoria's north and west.  Our highest priority is to provide assistance to families during pregnancy and with children up to school age that are facing multiple challenges and are in urgent need of therapeutic support.


Latest News

June 26, 2014

Tweddle helping dads with postnatal depression

Lately there’s been an increase in the media reporting of men and their experiences of postnatal depression. Tweddle Psychologist Nikki Zerman thinks that this is an important step in raising awareness of PND in dads, and in reducing the stigma that comes with not coping after the birth of a child. “Nearly a third of all fathers attending the Tweddle Residential Program score above the cut off in the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS)” she said. We encourage dads to attend our residential and day stay programs as we know that early identification and support of mental health issues can help dads on the road to recovery and impact positively on the family as a whole.


June 4, 2014

Immigrant mums needing more support with newborns

A Murdoch Childrens Research Institute study has found that Immigrant women of non-English speaking backgrounds report greater psychological distress, less emotional satisfaction with their partner and more relationship problems in the first three months after birth than women born in Australia. “Talking with mums about their emotional well-being and relationships is integral to Tweddle’s assessment of mums seeking help. Mums call when they are not coping with parenting, and our clinicians help bring other issues to the surface. This is especially pertinent for mums from diverse cultural backgrounds who often have increased difficulties in sharing personal problems” said Tweddle CEO Jacquie O'Brien.


About Tweddle Child and Family Health Service 

Every year Tweddle's specialised team of maternal and child health nurses, registered and mothercraft nurses, psychologists, social workers and early childhood professionals provide support to over 4,000 families facing parenting challenges. 

Our highest priority is to provide assistance to families that are facing multiple challenges and who are in urgent need of therapeutic support and intervention.  These challenges are commonly underpinned by isolation compounded by health issues, addiction, family instability and violence, sleep depriviation, feelings of being unable to cope and the complexities that can arise from financial stress, age, ethnicity and other factors. 

We now require health professional referral for our day stay and residential programs. This ensures that we are providing the sort of wrap around services that connect families back to community supports. We also provide peer support groups for parents of children with a disability, developmental delay or chronic illness (My Time), one on one and group psychology support, preparation for childbirth and parenting education classes and a program for parents in prison.  Learn more...


 Tweddle Strategic Plan 2012-2017                

 Tweddle's Strategic Plan 2012 -2017



Tweddle would like to acknowledge and pay our

respects to the Traditional Custodians, past and present,

of this land Wurundjeri on which Tweddle provide its services.


 Tweddle_Victorian Government    

Tweddle acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government


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