Working Out Dads

Tweddle Child & Family Health Service, in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute are currently delivering the second round of Working Out Dads, a ground-breaking parenting program for dads of children aged 0-4 living and working in and around Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton, Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay.

Following an initial seven groups in 2017, the second evaluated 2018 program has delivered a further six groups in Werribee, Sunshine, Footscray, Altona North and Werribee.

We thank the program’s key funding partners, the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW) and The Bennelong Foundation,  and  community sponsors Hede Architects, Alan Mance Motors, The CWA of Footscray, The Seddon Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) and Mr Craig Rowley, proud dad and resident of Melbourne’s west.

The Working Out Dads evaluation aims to address a significant gap in knowledge about the effectiveness of early intervention and prevention approaches to promote the health and well-being of fathers in the early years of parenting, to inform policy and best practice in promoting the mental health of fathers and the prevention of family conflict.

In 2019 Tweddle will seek funding to deliver more programs for more dads. We are inviting partners and sponsors to join us in changing families, communities and workplaces, one dad at a time. Let us know if you can help.

Healthy dads are vital to families. Conclusive research confirms dads play a significant role in the social, cognitive, emotional and physical well-being of their children from infancy with lasting influences into their adult life.

Working Out Dads is a free after-hours therapeutic parenting program for dads, held in fitness centres.  The program features facilitated discussion and exercise, handouts and text messages. Themes cover parenting, relationships, mental health, fitness and well-being.

The objective of Working Out Dads is to connect, support and strengthen the capacity of dads in the very early years of parenting. There is also a goal to become less isolated and more resilient and supportive during the transition to early parenting and to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Run by a male facilitator, Working Out Dads covers:

  • Developing parenting skills and confidence and building positive relationships with your child
  • Juggling the needs of your family, work and your own needs
  • The changing dynamics of relationships and how to maintain positive adult relationships
  • Managing stress and pressure and practical ways to cope when things get tough
  • Working on your health, fitness and well-being for you, your child and your family
Dads – Sign up here to join the 2019 Working Out Dads program wait list. We will email you with locations and dates announcements.

Thank you to the following organisations and individuals;

Key Funding Partners



Research Partner

Community Sponsors 


  • Mr Craig Rowley, dad and resident of Melbourne’s west


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