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August 2017

New Workshops for Brimbank Parents, Babies and Toddlers

Posted:Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle has joined with Brimbank City Council’s Maternal and Child Health Service to deliver three new monthly parenting workshops commencing August 22nd.Families are invited to come along, make friends, ask questions and relax in a supportive environment designed to make learning about your baby or toddler fun and interesting. Read more...

July 2017

Mum Returns to Tweddle After 17 Years

Posted:Thursday, 27 July 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Mary O'Brien came to Tweddle 17 years ago struggling with a distressed baby, feeding issues and an overwhelming sense of uncertainty in her role as a new mum. This week she returned to the residential unit in her role as a Youth Support Worker caring for a teenage mother and her baby.Read more...

Tweddle prioritise education and research with new appointment

Posted:Monday, 24 July 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle’s role as early parenting and infant mental health educators enables us to share valuable research, insights and training with health professionals, academics and families. We're thrilled to announce Beverley Allen as Tweddle’s new General Manager of Professional Development, Education and Research (GM PDER). Here Beverley talks about Tweddle's recent and upcoming conference, training and academic activities.Read more...

Ben Carroll MP Members Statements highlights Tweddle in Parliament

Posted:Monday, 3 July 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle Board, management and staff and grateful to Ben Carroll MP, State Member for Niddrie and Parliamentary Secretary for Justice for acknowledging the work of Tweddle in Parliament on the 22nd of June. Mr Carroll MP attended Tweddle’s ‘Babies, Business and The Bottom Line’ business breakfast as part of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week to hear Western Bulldogs President Mr Peter Gordon and American Psychiatrist Dr Bruce Perry MD, explore resilience and the importance of investing in the very early years. Over 130 guests attended including the The Hon. Minister for Health Jill Hennessy MP, Danny Pearson MP Member for Essendon, Professor Ravi Savarirayan from the Murdoch Children’s research Institute, Christine Owen, Department of Health and Human Services and Peter Ewer, Department of Justice and Regulation. Read more...

June 2017

Don your active wear for Tweddle!

Posted:Thursday, 29 June 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Run Melbourne are celebrating their 10th year and The Tweddle Foundation are proud to announce their involvement. As part of the passionate team you can run or walk a distance of your choice – 5 km, 10 km or the half marathon. Any funds that you raise along the way will support The Tweddle Foundation, building a future for vulnerable mums, dads, babies and toddlers and a centre for early parenting excellence in Melbourne’s west. Joining our team is simple! Read more...

Tweddle Announce Reconciliation Action Plan and NAIDOC week initiatives

Posted:Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

NAIDOC week (2-9th July) is a time for Tweddle staff, families and the community to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920's which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. The theme for 2017 is 'Our Languages Matter'. Tweddle has the privilege to work alongside Aboriginal health workers, mums, dads, babies and toddlers as part of our early parenting support programs. We are currently part of a consortium of key agencies in the west working on a project called Footprints for Success - Aboriginal Kids and Families in the West in the LGAs of Wyndham, Brimbank and Maribyrnong.Read more...

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week events explore the first 1000 days

Posted:Thursday, 15 June 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

This week Tweddle hosted two important events as part of International Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, a global initiative from 12th – 16th June that invites Government, industry and consumers to consider the distinct needs of babies and toddlers and to invest in the critical services that support the first thousand days (conception to age 2).We were fortunate enough to hear from some incredible guest speakers, health professionals and one amazing dad that reminded us all why we do what we do.Read more...

Tweddle Highlight Infant Mental Health Awareness

Posted:Thursday, 8 June 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle has joined the International movement to promote Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (Monday 12th – 16th June) with a series of events to highlight the critical very early years.Two Tweddle events, ‘Babies, Business & The Bottom Line’ business breakfast and “Babies’ Brains Matter’ seminar aim to explore how infant mental health impacts us all whether it be at home or in the workplace. During Infant Mental Health Awareness Week Tweddle invites Government, industry and consumers to consider the distinct needs of babies and toddlers and to invest in the critical services that support the first thousand days (conception to age 2).Read more...

May 2017

Resilient communities start with with informed parents

Posted:Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

National Families Week is a good time to talk about the importance of resilience and just how early these crucial building blocks for life actually start. Resilience starts with babies and families with benefits flowing through to adolescence, sports teams, workplaces and communities. So how does a resilient life start? A baby or toddler’s experiences can include; "I can feel upset, I am not alone, someone is here for me, I am worthwhile, I will try again." These experiences will impact upon relationships throughout their life. Those thoughts will play out time and time again at school, at work, in sport and in the community. While at Tweddle parents learn to install the foundations for a resilient life.Read more...

Tweddle honour staff on International Nurses Day

Posted:Monday, 8 May 2017

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 96 years Tweddle’s midwives, mothercraft nurses and registered nurses have helped parents through incredibly stressful times. Tweddle has a focus on infant mental health. Experienced nursing staff are able to identify a baby or toddler’s cues and help parents to learn what their child is trying to communicate.Read more...

Tweddle joins Cradle 2 Kinder in Brimbank/Melton and North East Melbourne

Posted:Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

96 year old Early Parenting organisation Tweddle has joined a whole-of-family focused consortium supporting some of Victoria’s most vulnerable families in the regions of Brimbank Melton and North East Melbourne.The recently expanded Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Cradle to Kinder program in Brimbank Melton and North East Melbourne (Whittlesea, Nillumbik, Banyule, Darebin) will be accepting referrals for families from June 2017.Read more...

April 2017

Tweddle's 'Babies' Brains Matter' Seminar announced for Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted:Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

As part of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, The Tweddle Foundation will present 'Babies' Brains Matter' – a half day seminar based on Infant Mental Health, Trauma & Attachment'. The half day seminar (9am – 12.30pm) will take place on Thursday 15th June at Tweddle’s Education Centre and feature guest speakers Kristen Pringle, Dr Matthew Roberts, Ms Lauren Vanderzeil and Ms Louise Gawler.Read more...

New dates for Tweddle's Circle Of Security Program

Posted:Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle's Circle of Security Parenting Program helps parents to understand and to tune into the emotional needs of babies and toddlers. The group program is supportive and helps to strengthen parent-child attachment which research tells us will help a child's social, emotional and physical outcomes for life. Read more...

Tweddle Announce Infant Mental Health Awareness Week Events

Posted:Monday, 3 April 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

As part of Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2017, The Tweddle Foundation invites you to two important events. Babies, Business and The Bottom Line is a breakfast event featuring Western Bulldogs President Peter Gordon and leading American Psychiatrist Dr Bruce Perry. Infant Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 is an international initiative during 12th – 16th June that invites Government, industry and consumers to consider the distinct needs of babies and toddlers and to invest in the critical services that support the first thousand days (conception to age 2).Read more...

March 2017

Helping Parents At Home To Overcome Challenges

Posted:Thursday, 23 March 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Family and Health Nurse Cat Fisher has been announced as Tweddle’s In Home Services Coordinator. The new role manages Tweddle’s HoPES Program and well as the In Home funded and fee for service program. With significant national and international experience, Cat brings valuable insight and commitment to supporting diverse and vulnerable communities. Cat has a BA (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and shares a passion for working with migrant and refugee communities. Cat, who has been at Tweddle for twelve months, looks forward to the newly created position “It doesn’t matter where you come from in the world, your cultural background or your family history, all parents are hard wired to want the best for their children” she said. “For some parents though this is a difficult time due to anxieties and other challenges. The In Home team’s role is to support parents through this to be the best parents they can be.”Read more...

New Board appointments for Tweddle

Posted:Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle CEO Ms Jacquie O’Brien is thrilled to announce a new Tweddle Board. Reappointed members include Dr. Nicole Milburn as Chair, Ms Heather Johnson Way as Deputy Chair and Ms Melanie Telford as Treasurer. New non-executive members are Ms Carla De Campo and Ms Paula Robinson. Tweddle would like to thank Mr Bryce Prosser, Interim Chair, Ms Doris Whitmore, Interim Treasurer and Ms Jordana Hunter (Interim Deputy Chair) for their governance and dedication throughout the interim period. Tweddle’s new Chair Dr Nicole Milburn is a Clinical Psychologist, member of the Australian College of Clinical Psychologist and a specialist in infant mental health. Read more...

February 2017

New Tweddle pilot delivers hope

Posted:Monday, 13 February 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

When a baby or toddler is living in a chaotic, complex environment due to their parent’s mental health, they need someone to step in for them. So does the parent. It takes skilled and committed people to work with some of the most vulnerable families in our community. Tweddle employs a team of clinicians whose job it is to step in. Louise Gawler has recently started at Tweddle as their High Risk Program Manager to launch a pilot program, the Home Parenting Education Support program or HoPES. Louise, a Registered Nurse and Midwife with a BSc (Hons) in Child & Family Health, is currently completing a Masters of Infant Mental Health. She has worked with vulnerable families across Australia and overseas for over 25 years. Here, Louise speaks about Tweddle's new HoPES pilot program. Read more...

January 2017

Parents of special needs children invited to Newport MyTime

Posted:Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle is delighted to announce the relocation of MyTime Williamstown to the Newport Gardens Early Years Centre at 51 Maddox Street Newport. Commencing Friday February 10th and continuing every Friday during school terms between 10am to noon, the group is co-located with other early years services including 3 and 4 year old kindergartens, long day care, maternal and child health, the toy library, Yooralla Early Childhood Intervention Service and supported playgroups. Read more...

Join Tweddle's Working Out Dads or Circle Of Security programs this February.

Posted:Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle's Working Out Dads program for dads of 0-4 year olds living in Wyndham and the Circle Of Security program based in Footscray are starting in February. These excellent programs build parenting skills and confidence, strengthen relationships and attachment and provide an opportunity to talk about the things that matter to you in a supportive environment.Read more...

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