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Jean Hailes Reseach Unit publishes Tweddle Day Stay study

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 11/10/12

A recent Monash University Jean Hailes Research Unit study into the Tweddle Day Stay Program printed in the International Journal of Mental Health Systems examined the health, social circumstances and presenting needs of 115 clients attending the Tweddle Day stay Program.

The study looked at parents with infants under 12 months old and assessed the parent mental health and infant behaviour outcomes and factors associated with program success. Results revealed that Day Stay participants’ mental health and their infants’ behaviours were significantly improved after their admission.

Tweddle’s Day Stay program appeared to respond effectively to the needs of families presenting with substantial physical and emotional health issues and a range of vulnerabilities by treating parental mental health and infant behaviour problems together. The study, conducted by Heather Rowe, Sonia Mccallum, Minh Thi H Le and Renzo Vittorino concluded that the Day Stay Program offered important benefits for the prevention of more serious family problems and consequent health care cost savings.

Recent Victorian State Government policy and legislative changes are intended to promote earlier intervention for vulnerable families and children. Tweddle’s Day Stay programs, which operate across 5 western locations across Victoria, have a focus on infant health and development and the promotion of parent-infant emotional attachment. “Parents come in for help with infant unsettled behaviour and feeding problems and can then get support for depression, anxiety and fatigue’ said Tweddle CEO Vivienne Amery “The service provides important early intervention and links families back to support services in their communities. The study can be found here

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