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December 2014

Season's greetings from Tweddle

Posted:Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The Tweddle Board, Management and staff wish you and your family a safe, healthy and happy festive period. We will reopen on Monday January 5th and look forward to supporting families in 2015. If over the holiday period you need parenting or mental health support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14, the 24 hour Maternal and Child Health Line on 13 22 29 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636. Read more...

Managing stress over the holiday period

Posted:Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The holiday period can be a very stressful time for many families. Financial and time pressures, step-family challenges, isolation, family tensions, separation and divorce or bereavement can make for a time of stress and anxiety which may impact on enjoying time with our families. Tweddle Psychologist Ms Nikki Zerman talks about coping strategies.Read more...

November 2014

Mary MacKillop Foundation funds new Tweddle Prison Program

Posted:Thursday, 27 November 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

A Mary MacKillop Foundation grant will enable a new Prison Program called ‘Dads From A Distance’ be delivered by Early Parenting sector leaders Tweddle.The program, which is receiving in-kind support from The Melbourne Remand Centre, will be delivered in 2015.Read more...

Tweddle's 94th AGM Acknowledges History and Achievements

Posted:Monday, 17 November 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle Chair Dr Nicole Milburn joined Treasurer Michael Wild, Board members and CEO Ms Jacquie O Brien in presenting the 2013/14 annual report at Tweddle’s 94th AGM on Tuesday 12th November. In addition to her role as Tweddle Chairperson, Dr Milburn is a Clinical Psychologist working in the area of childhood trauma and internal consultant for infant mental health for Berry Street Take 2. Staff and guests gathered to reflect upon Tweddle’s achievements and delivering on the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan.Read more...

Tweddle lending a hand for Postnatal Depression Awareness Week

Posted:Thursday, 13 November 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Next week (16-22nd Nov) is Postnatal Depression Awareness Week. Here, Tweddle Psychologist Dr Emma Symes talks about the impact on mums, dads and their children and the importance of asking for help. If left untreated, PND can interfere with the ability to function as a parent, at work and in relationships. Help is available and only a phone call away.Read more...

October 2014

Australasian Assoc Of Parenting and Child Health Conference

Posted:Thursday, 23 October 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Victoria’s three Early Parenting Centres, Tweddle, The Queen Elizabeth Centre and Mercy O’Connell hosted the Australasian Association of Parenting and Child Health (AAPCH) Conference at Tweddle in Footscray on the 23rd and 24th of October. Joining the AAPCH President Mr Robert Mills were Early Parenting Centre delegates from around Australia and New Zealand including from Child and Family Health SA, The Ellen Barron Centre QLD, Karitane NSW, Ngala WA, QE11 ACT, Plunket NZ and Tresillian NSW. Guest Speakers included Ms Robyn Miller, Principal Child Protection Practitioner DHS and Mr Simon Booth, Director, Vulnerable Children’s Reform Unit DHS.Read more...

Health Professionals, Families and staff come together for Children's Week

Posted:Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Did you know that over fifty families a week attend a Tweddle program for parenting support? That’s a lot of parents wanting the best for their children and we’re honoured that so many turn to us in times of vulnerability. In fact over 4,000 phone calls for help are made to Tweddle every year. This week, health professionals, families and organisations dedicated to the early years will come together to celebrate Children’s Week which will run from the 18th-26th October. Read more...

Join Tweddle in the park for Children's Week

Posted:Monday, 13 October 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

On Tuesday 21st October from 10.30am-12.30pm help us celebrate Children's Week by packing a picnic and joining us at the annual Maribyrnong Council Free Picnic In The Park at Yarraville Gardens. There will be community organisations and services, face painting, play activities, bilingual storytime, give-aways and even a massage for parents. Read more...

Tweddle Infant and Perinatal Psychology team talk about Mental Health Week (Oct 5-11)

Posted:Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle’s Infant and Perinatal Psychology Service Clinical Psychologists Nikki Zerman, Shikkiah de Quadros-Wander and Emma Symes know the consequences of undiagnosed and untreated perinatal depression and the importance of early intervention. Mental Health Week in Australia (5-11th October) gives mental health professionals the opportunity to raise awareness of the issues that may occur in the perinatal period and the impact they have on mums, dads and their children.Read more...

September 2014

Stronger Relationships trial commences at Tweddle

Posted:Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Author:Milinda Steve

Tweddle has commenced as a Stronger Relationships Trial approved provider. Funded by the Department of Social Services, The Stronger Relationships trial provides financial support in the form of a $200 voucher to eligible couples interested in accessing educational or counselling services. Whether you have been married for twenty years or have just moved in together, relationship education or counselling are great ways of ensuring you and your partner are prepared for whatever life may throw at you. Read more...

Child Protection Week reinforces the critical importance of prevention

Posted:Thursday, 4 September 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The 7th – 13th of September is Child Protection Week in Australia. As a public hospital supporting vulnerable families, Tweddle clinicians are constantly mindful of the children and parents in their care. Whether it be our Residential Program, Day Stay Program, In Home Service or Infant and Perinatal Psychology Service, staff are trained to identify the verbal and non verbal cues that indicate that a child is at risk.Read more...

August 2014

Tweddle launches new In Home Service and Infant and Perinatal Psychology Service

Posted:Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

94 years after Joseph Tweddle opened The Tweddle Baby Hospital and training centre for mothercraft nursing, Tweddle is very excited to launch three new initiatives, a new In Home Service, an enhanced Infant and Perinatal Psychology Service and a new Practice Framework that underpins all services.Read more...

The critical importance of early years investment

Posted:Thursday, 21 August 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The recent release of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare annual report Child protection Australia 2012-13, reinforces the importance of investing in early intervention and prevention says Tweddle CEO Jacquie O’Brien.Read more...

Children's book donations wanted for Brimbank families

Posted:Thursday, 7 August 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Have you got any children's books in good condition that you would like to donate to families in Brimbank? Tweddle are partnering with The Smith Family and Brimbank’s Playgroup Development and Community Care programs as part of Children's Book Week to collect and distribute books to families in the culturally diverse community. Read more...

Tweddle launches a Consumer Participation Group

Posted:Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

As a public hospital, Tweddle has a high commitment to quality care and outcomes for vulnerable families. We are developing a Consumer Participation Group in order to assess our practice from a clients’ perspective. Have you been to Tweddle in the previous twelve months? Then we'd like to hear from you.Read more...

June 2014

Tweddle helping dads with postnatal depression

Posted:Thursday, 26 June 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

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. Read more...

Immigrant mums needing more support with newborns

Posted:Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

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.Read more...

May 2014

Mums of preschoolers still struggling with depression

Posted:Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Clinicians at Tweddle are not surprised by a recent Murdoch Children’s Research Institute study of 1500 mothers that found 10 per cent of women reported symptoms of depression a year after the birth of their first child but this increased to 15 per cent four years after the birth. Maternal depression is more common four years after the birth of a first child than at any time in the first 12 months postpartum, according to new research by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.Read more...

April 2014

Tweddle helping parents with much more than sleep reports The Sunday Age

Posted:Monday, 28 April 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle was recently interviewed by Miki Perkins for The Age around the important early intervention and prevention work provided by the Early Parenting Sector. It was a great opportunity to talk about the many challenges faced by parents and the misconceptions that still exist when it comes to the term ‘sleep schools’.Read more...

Tweddle welcomes new Director of Nursing and Clinical Practice

Posted:Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle has a proud history of clinical excellence and an ongoing commitment to supporting the most vulnerable of families. To ensure we continue with this vital work, we’re delighted to announce Tweddle’s newly appointed Director of Nursing and Clinical Practice, Doreen Power. Read more...

March 2014

Key staff appointments build on strengths and diversity at Tweddle

Posted:Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

In keeping with ever changing role of delivering evidence based parenting education and therapeutic intervention to vulnerable parents and their children, Tweddle announces some exciting additions to the team. The appointment of a new Practice Lead, Residential Nurse Unit Manager, Perinatal Psychiatrist and Residential Team Leaders underscore Tweddle’s commitment to providing highly skilled professionals dedicated to services that adapt to community and sector needs.Read more...

Multiple Birth Awareness Week 9-16th March

Posted:Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Sunday 9th March to Sunday 16th is Multiple Birth Awareness Week (MBAW). This important week aims to raise awareness of the work done by the Australian Multiple Birth Association (AMBA) and local clubs around Australia in supporting families and the community. Tweddle's Assessment and Intake Team Leader Simone Chettle talks about the importance of support services like AMBA.Read more...

February 2014

Early Parenting Centres Forum addresses Service Sector Reform

Posted:Thursday, 27 February 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The changing environment of the community sector, including early Parenting Centres was just one of the important discussion that took place at yesterday's Early Parenting Centres Forum in Carlton. Tweddle,The QEC and Mercy O'Connell Board and Management welcomed speakers Simon Phemister Services Connect Executive Director, Policy and Strategic Group (DHS), Jenny Fitzgerald CEO at Scope and VCOSS CEO Emma King. Read more...

Wendy Grant to lead quality at Tweddle

Posted:Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle is proud of its commitment to continuous improvement across our organisation. As a public hospital, we are obliged to meet high standards of quality in order to meet the Australian Council on Healthcare EQuIP5 Standards (ACHS) and DHS standards. We are delighted to welcome Wendy Grant as our new Quality Manager. Wendy has a background is ICU nursing, and most recently Clinical Nurse Manager for Quality and Risk at the Alfred ICU. Read more...

January 2014

Government vouchers to help strengthen relationships

Posted:Thursday, 23 January 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle commends the Federal Government’s decision to provide a trial to help strengthen relationships and avoid family breakdown.Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has confirmed the Federal Government’s $200 voucher scheme is a subsidy to be used for marriage and relationship education and counselling, including parenting education. Read more...

Supporting families in 2014

Posted:Monday, 6 January 2014

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

We hope you and your family have had the chance to slow down and spend some enjoyable time together over the holiday period. Many families that attended a Tweddle program throughout the year were planning their first Christmas with a baby and so we hope that it was a joyful experience. In 2014 we are excited to introduce some new and innovative pilot programs and taking our services on the road to regional families. Read more...

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