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December 2015

Support For Families Over The Holidays

Posted:Monday, 21 December 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The stress of the festive period, whether it be stretching our finances or attending functions can catch up with us. Our babies and toddlers can sense when we’re stressed and anxious. It is important to remember to take a breather and make time to just ‘be’ with them. Here we talk about routines and traditions, safety over Summer and asking for help using a range of 24/7 help lines. From everyone at Tweddle, we wish you and your family a very safe and happy festive period and joyful 2016.Read more...

Tweddle Clinicians Welcome Children's Rights Report Findings

Posted:Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle clinicians working with distressed infants and their families impacted by family violence welcomed the findings of The Children’s Rights Report 2015 launched on Monday 7th December. The report includes new data on the numbers of children estimated to have witnessed violence against their mother. Importantly, a clear need for early intervention, from a child's conception, especially in the early years of a child's life is outlined in the report.Read more...

Tweddle's MyTime peer support groups open in Brimbank

Posted:Thursday, 10 December 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle's Footscray MyTime Group, a peer support group for parents and carers of children 0-16 with additional needs, is relocating to Sunshine Special Developmental School in 2016. All MyTime groups will recommence from Monday the 8th of February 2016.Read more...

Tweddle baby from 1939 joins 95th AGM

Posted:Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle Chair Dr Nicole Milburn joined Treasurer Melanie Edwards, Board members and CEO Ms Jacquie O Brien in presenting the 2014/15 annual report at Tweddle’s 95th AGM on Wednesday 25th November. New Board members were announced, partnerships, funding and achievements were acknowledged and a Tweddle baby from 1939 helped us to celebrate. Read more...

November 2015

Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Impacting Thousands of Families

Posted:Thursday, 12 November 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

To many people, Tweddle is about seeking support to help babies sleep and settle. But if you speak to the families about their journey from assessment and intake through to their five day residential stay, home visit or Day Stay, you’ll know Tweddle means so much more. More than 1 in 7 new mums and 1 in 10 new dads experience postnatal depression. With over 1500 babies born in Melbourne's west every year, support services like Tweddle's remain critically important avenues for parents needing urgent support. Read more...

MyTime Commences in Williamstown

Posted:Monday, 9 November 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

MyTime, a program that provides support groups for mums, dads and carers of children 0-16 with a disability, developmental delay or a chronic medical condition has commenced at 83 Cecil Street Williamstown. Come down every Friday during school terms 10am-noon and join us to socialise, share experiences and explore services that are available to you. You'll get support from a facilitator and play helper providing activities for the children.Read more...

Tweddle announces its 95th Annual General Meeting

Posted:Sunday, 8 November 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle Board, management and staff invite you to attend our 95th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25th November from 3pm to 4pm at 53 Adelaide Street Footscray.Read more...

October 2015

Marsha Thomson MP highlights Tweddle's services in Parliament

Posted:Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

At our recent 95th Birthday celebrations we were reminded of the value of our family support services which span generations. Families enjoyed the free activities and reflected on times when they turned to Tweddle for help. It wasn’t the first time when we heard “you saved my life”. The Honourable Marsha Thomson, Member for Footscray joined us on the day to talk about our services which she also spoke about in Parliament on Wednesday 21st October. This is what she said.Read more...

Come and play for Children's Week

Posted:Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Children’s Week (24 October to 1 November 2015) is a national initiative that recognises the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children. As part of Children’s week, Tweddle are teaming up with The City Of Maribyrnong for some free fun and educational events for families with children 0-5 years across Yarraville, Footscray, West Footscray, Maidstone and Braybrook. We’ll be on hand to chat at the following play and information sessions. Come and join us!Read more...

Tweddle Celebrate 95 years and launch plans for the future

Posted:Monday, 19 October 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle was joined by hundreds of parents, children, local MPs and staff to celebrate 95 years and to launch their Futures Document and Concept Redevelopment Plans. The redevelopment plans will see our aging facility transformed into a Babies, Toddlers & Families Wellbeing Centre. We offer our sincere thanks to The Western Bulldogs for allowing us to use Whitten Oval to celebrate our 95th Birthday on Sunday and for the support of Brett Daniher and Jarred Hanks. Joining Tweddle to mark the important milestone was The Honorable Marsha Thomson Member for Footscray, Maribyrnong Councillor Catherine Cummings, Christine Owen, Director Western Metropolitan Region Department Health and Human Services, and Ms Colleen Hartland, MLC Western Suburbs.Read more...

Tweddle supporting families in Mental Health Week

Posted:Thursday, 1 October 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Mental Health Week, which will run from Sunday 4th to Saturday 10th October, is a great time to check in with a health professional if you feel you need a hand. Tweddle’s services exist to care for vulnerable mums, dads and their young children through difficult times. The impact of stress on parenting can be hard to cope with but reaching out for help is important. Tweddle plays an important role in supporting parents to navigate the early years which can be especially vulnerable times. Building the confidence, self esteem and resilience of families to be the best they can is a priority. Mental Health Week aims to activate, educate and engage Victorians about mental health through a week of interactive events across the state including an official launch, community festivals, art exhibitions, music, theatre and seminars. The Mental Health Foundation of Australia (Vic) features links to events taking place across Victoria listed on their website.Read more...

September 2015

Support Group for Parents of Special Needs Kids Comes to Williamstown

Posted:Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle is delighted to announce the launch of our MyTime program in Williamstown. Funded by the Department of Social Services, My Time is a program that provides facilitated peer support for mums, dads and carers with children who have a developmental delay, disability or chronic medical condition. Our Williamstown group will commence on Friday the 6th of November at 10am.Read more...

Grandparents Matter Community Forums Across The West

Posted:Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

With thanks to Rotary Club Of Footscray, Tweddle are launching a series of free and informative Grandparenting education sessions in Brimbank, Melton, Maribyrnong, Hobson's Bay and Wyndham. Starting next week, the 'Grandparents Matter' program looks at how the role has changed, the highs and lows, an update on feeding and nutrition, the latest information on sleep & settling and the importance of looking after yourself. Read more for dates and locations.Read more...

Child Protection Week Reinforcing The Importance Of Prevention

Posted:Thursday, 3 September 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Launching on Father’s Day every year, National Child Protection Week supports and encourages the safety and wellbeing of Australian children and families. As a Statewide Early Parenting Centre supporting vulnerable families, clinicians are constantly mindful of the children and parents in their care. This week, Tweddle is delighted to welcome Sri Kirkwood, our new Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Service (PASDS) coordinator. Sri, who is a social worker, comes to Tweddle with exceptional experience including working locally and overseas with high risk families. Her work in the past has involved child protection, mental health, QEC PASDS, and at Monash Health in various roles supporting vulnerable families and children. Read more...

August 2015

Tweddle Welcomes New Reform For Families

Posted:Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle Child and Family Health Service welcomes the Andrews Government reform that will help shape the future of support services for vulnerable children and families. Tweddle CEO Ms Jacquie O Brien agreed that the service system was in need of reform, especially when it came to early intervention. “Tweddle continues to see an increase in the complexity of families being admitted to a Tweddle program. Our part in preventing these families from entering the service system at more critical times is vital, as is our role in protecting infants and young children. Many mums and dads are struggling to give their children what they need for healthy development and identifying these deficits as early as possible is crucial” said Jacquie. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children would be driven by evidence and expert advice, working closely with the community services sector.Read more...

Books wanted for Brimbank book worms

Posted:Monday, 3 August 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

As part of Children’s Book Week 22nd -28th August, Tweddle are asking families to donate children’s books in good condition as part of a project to get books into the homes of disadvantaged families living in Brimbank. The project collected over 300 beautiful children’s books in 2014 and hopes to exceed that amount this year. Books are distributed in partnership with The Smith Family with support from Brimbank’s City Council. Books can be delivered during the month of August to Tweddle during business hours at 53 Adelaide Street, Footscray or to Brimbank City Council’s Sunshine and Keilor customer service centres, from there, Tweddle Communications Manager Kerrie Gottliebsen will be coordinating the project. Some collections may also be possible.Read more...

July 2015

Stress and violence impacting young children and unborn babies

Posted:Saturday, 11 July 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The Age Social Affairs Reporter Miki Perkins has delivered a story that documents the often unreported impacts of family violence on children and unborn babies and the way it shapes their lives. As we approach the The Royal Commission into Family Violence, the story delves into the lives of victims and speaks with health professionals working with families experiencing violence. Tweddle Chair and Psychologist Dr Nicole Milburn spoke to Perkins about how studies have shown genetic changes in babies in the womb in family violence settings and that some children are growing up in environments where the adults they rely on for safety are either frightened or frightening. Read more...

Tweddle In Home Team Leader builds valuable resources for new parents

Posted:Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle's In Home Team Leader Kerrie Buchanan has been a contributing author to a project published by The Royal Women’s Hospital, Growing Together, A Kit for Parents: Conception to One Year. This kit is intended for use by families and consists of a book, a smartphone app, a picture book for baby and a bag. She recently also attended the 6th biennial national Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses (MCaFHN) Conference in Perth, Our Voice Our Future: Researching, reviewing and revitalising our profession. Kerrie is also due to requalify as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has been a lactation consultant for 15 years and is required to re-sit the exam every 5- 10 years to ensure she remains up to date with contemporary breastfeeding knowledge and practice. The In Home team's extensive skills are a great asset to families needing specialised support.Read more...

June 2015

Tweddle joins Council for Family Strengthening Strategy launch

Posted:Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle were honoured to attend the launch of the Maribyrnong City Council ‘Family Strengthening Strategy 2015-2018’ which outlined the Council’s commitment to supporting parents and strengthening families who are raising young children and young people across the municipality. The Strategy includes ‘partnering with Tweddle to develop a new model for delivering groups for new parents’ as a priority action. The launch at the Footscray Town Hall included guest speaker Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People, Bernie Geary. Bernie reminded everyone that there is no greater love that the one which a child has for their parent and that there has never been a greater need for nurturing and guiding families with complex family dynamics. Read more...

Tweddle announces Williamstown Psychology Service

Posted:Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

As part of Tweddle’s Strategic priority to build place based parenting programs and initiatives, we are delighted to launch a low cost, community based Psychology service in Hobsons Bay. Located in Cecil Street Williamstown in a family friendly and relaxed setting, our clinical psychologists can see individuals, couples or families during business hours on Fridays. Read more...

Tweddle talks health with dads, grandfathers, uncles, mates and Sons of the West

Posted:Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

When it comes to health, particularly family health, men have historically been left out of the picture. So when Tweddle had the opportunity to partner with Sons of The West, the Western Bulldogs Football Club initiative to improve the health outcomes for men living and working in the west, we were thrilled. Read more...

May 2015

Fay's winter woolies keeping kids warm

Posted:Thursday, 21 May 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The wonderful Fay Stankovich has been knitting beautiful jumpers for Tweddle families since 2011. We are so grateful to receive another collection of over forty stunning items which have experienced knitters here at Tweddle oohing and aahing. Thanks for keeping kids warm for another Winter Fay. We appreciate it. Read more...

A time to reflect on National Families Week 15 - 21st May

Posted:Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

At Tweddle Child and Family Health Service we’re constantly reminded of the importance of family to babies and young children. Tweddle staff are committed to helping a family’s very early beginnings with their new child and are honoured to provide that support. Parents from all types of families make contact with Tweddle when they are struggling with their relationship with their child or circumstances at home. Families will initially phone us because their a baby or young child isn’t sleeping or they’re hard to settle, which often means that no-one’s sleeping. Our team of Psychologists based in Footscray are available to help all families, either while they are staying with us residentially or in an outpatient capacity. Our new In Home Service means that we can see families quickly.Read more...

Tweddle honours staff on International Nurses Day

Posted:Monday, 11 May 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Tweddle recognises the valuable contribution by our team of dedicated nurses who work day and night to care for families. For 95 years Tweddle’s midwives, mothercraft nurses and registered nurses have helped parents through incredibly stressful times. Here, Tweddle Nurse Unit Manager Penny Lyne talks passionately about the nursing team who provide support to families around the clock.Read more...

Donors step in to support MyTime mums for Mother's Day

Posted:Thursday, 7 May 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Every week over fifty mums of children with additional needs attend one of six Tweddle MyTime groups across the north and west. For some, Mother’s day is a reflective time. When your child receives a diagnosis of a serious illness or disability, motherhood takes a different path. Although these dedicated mums deserved a lot more, we are thrilled to honour them with a small gift bag, possible through the support of our generous donors, Coles Braybrook, Myer Highpoint and Finch Publishing. A twitter friend and previous Tweddle mum also made a generous donation. Tweddle would like to extend a very happy Mother’s Day to all mums. You do a great job.Read more...

Tweddle welcome a new Director of Clinical Services/Nursing

Posted:Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle staff are delighted to welcome our new Director of Clinical Services/Nursing. Kirsty Evans arrives at Tweddle after an exhaustive search for a leader with the right experience and knowledge of the early parenting sector and clinical services. Kirsty’s experience includes extensive periods at Victoria’s early parenting centres, including both The Queen Elizabeth Centre and Mercy O’Connell, where she influenced change as a highly respected clinician. Read more...

April 2015

Tweddle attends International BAPSCAN Study Tour

Posted:Thursday, 16 April 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle is participating in the Centre For Excellence in Child and Family Welfare’s 2015 Study Tour to the UK. Sponsored by The Department of Health & Human Services and The Office for the Commission for Children and Young people, Tweddle joins delegates from Victoria’s leading family support organisations.Read more...

Victoria has extended outdoor smoking bans

Posted:Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

From 13 April 2015, smoking is banned on the grounds of, and within four metres of an entrance to children’s indoor play centres, public hospitals, registered community health centres and certain Victorian Government buildings.The new laws will apply to people who are at Tweddle and as such, visitors and staff should ensure they do not smoke in the smoke-free areas. Read more...

March 2015

Exciting Changes and Opportunities at Tweddle

Posted:Thursday, 26 March 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

After 95 years of providing child and parenting programs and services to the Victorian community, Tweddle is pleased to announce that from April our Residential Parenting Program is being scaled up from a 4 day program to a 5 day program. This will be a relief for families that are struggling to cope and requiring the support of our multidisciplinary team. We look forward to announcing our new Director of Nursing and welcome a new Nurse Unit Manager. We have new fundraising initiatives to announce after Easter and are currently recruiting for an Operations Coordinator and a Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Care Coordinator. Read more...

Save the date for a picnic in the park

Posted:Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Save the date! Tweddle are partnering with The Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley and Brimbank Councils to celebrate National Playgroup Week. Pack a picnic and bring the kids down to E.A Coulson Gardens, The Espalande, Maribyrnong on Wednesday March 25 from 10.30am - 1pm. Enjoy free children’s activities including face painting, African drumming, rhyme time and a great time with friends. Come and say hello to us at the Tweddle table. Read more...

Men signing up for better health

Posted:Monday, 16 March 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

As an organisation committed to the mental health of dads, Tweddle knows that changing the course of a man’s health is no mean feat. When men look after their health and wellbeing, their physical and mental health outcomes improve, their children’s outcomes improve and families and communities benefit. So when hundreds of men from the Maribyrnong, Hobson’s Bay, Wyndham, Melton and Brimbank municipalities turned up en masse at various health expos held in March to sign up for the 2015 Sons of the West Men’s Health Program, there was a great feeling in the air.Read more...

February 2015

Tweddle partners with Sons of the West for men's health

Posted:Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle Child and Family Health Service is thrilled to join a team of esteemed health industry organisations to partner with the Sons of the West Men’s Health Program for men living in the Melton, Maribyrnong, Hobson’s Bay, Wyndham and Brimbank municipalities. Today at the Whitten Oval launch, Minister for Health Jill Hennessy MP, Peter Gordon, Western Bulldogs President, Chairman of Beyond Blue, The Hon Jeff Kennett AC, Macedon Ranges and North Western Melbourne Medicare Local CEO Dr. Vanda Fortunato and Sons of the West ambassadors and partners gathered at the launch to share their goal and passion for the health of men across the west. Tweddle health professionals will be talking to men about the importance of their role as fathers.Read more...

Student information day

Posted:Thursday, 5 February 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Students undertaking study in maternal and child health nursing who wish to take up a student placement at Tweddle Child and Family Health Service are invited to participate in an information day on Tuesday 17th March from 9am - 1pm. Attending this session is compulsory prior to your student placement at Tweddle.Read more...

Passionate about families? Join us at Tweddle

Posted:Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

We're looking for a Director of Clinical Services and Nursing to be part of the team providing valuable parenting support, education and skill development programs. Can you help us improve outcomes for infants, families and communities?Read more...

January 2015

MyTime recommences for parents of children with special needs

Posted:Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The MyTime team including Manager Community Programs Sue Wilson, facilitators and play helpers are delighted to announce commencement dates for MyTime 2015, a peer support program for parents and carers of children with a disability, developmental delay or a chronic medical condition.Read more...

Helping more families in 2015

Posted:Monday, 12 January 2015

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle has commenced services for 2015 with our first Residential program and In Home services underway. Our assessment and intake team are triaging referrals from GPs, Maternal and Child Health Nurses and other Health Professionals to assist families in accessing our government funded programs. Read more...

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