Tweddle is making a return to face to face residential, community and in-home support. Our virtual visits, tele-health and online education will continue to support families across Victoria.
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Tweddle's in-home consultants are available to support your family through virtual home visits and tele-health.
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Tweddle's Parent Info Hub has dozens of links to resources including videos, help lines, expert tips and more. Download Tweddle's parenting app if you need additional support.
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Tweddle is delivering a mix of online and face to face professional development and training.
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Tweddle’s new online Childbirth Education classes
are delivered by experienced Educators. Mums and partners can now watch the classes in the comfort of their own homes at a time that suits them.
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Tweddle is delighted to be making a return to face to face services starting with our Residential Program. As always, the health of babies, toddlers and families are Tweddle’s priority. Our new virtual visits and tele-health consultations will continue and you can still self-refer. Let your health professional or Tweddle know if you need help with sleep and settling, attachment, behaviour, understanding your baby’s cues, feeding queries and childbirth education needs.
We continue to add resources to our Parent Info Hub and you can find our App on the Apple or Google stores.  We look forward to speaking with you soon.
Stay well and take care.

Programs and services include Residential and Day Stay, In Home, telephone and Skype consultations, MyTime for parents and carers of children with special needs, prison program, Childbirth Education, Parenting Assessment and Skills Development (PASDS), Parenting Workshops in the community and Professional Development. All of Tweddle’s programs change the trajectory of family’s lives, with far reaching consequences now and for generations.

Tweddle Welcomes A Return to Residential Care
May 28 2020

Tweddle clinicians are delighted to be making a return to face to face services and the opportunity to once again work closely with babies, toddlers and their families. The residential program will be welcoming the admission of six families from 10.30am on the Tuesday 9th June. This will increase to eight families from Monday 22nd of June.

The decision was made in line with Departmental recommendations, and is underpinned by a commitment to the health and safety of families and staff. There will be an initial ratio of 1 staff to 2 families and staff and clients will receive daily temperature checks.

The move will be a great relief to struggling parents, after two months of telehealth consultations, virtual groups and online education. Tweddle will however continue to deliver Telehealth services, which have proven to be a convenient and successful service, especially for isolated mums and dads.

New Dads’ Mental Health a Focus of Research Grant
June 01 2020

Tweddle would like to congratulate A.Prof Rebecca Giallo from MRCI for the recently awarded Australian Government MRFF Million Minds Mission grant which will deliver collaborative research into suicide prevention among new dads and a rigorous evaluation of Tweddle’s Working Out Dads (WOD) program.

The research undertaken will be a randomised controlled trial (RCT). 280 dads will be recruited then randomised into WODs as a group intervention or usual care. There will be a total of 14 WODs groups.

WOD is an innovative group-based intervention for fathers of young children (0-4 years) that aims to reduce fathers’ mental health difficulties, promote healthy lifestyle behaviours, and strengthen family relationships. It is a 6-week manualised program (ten dads per group) combining 1 hour of facilitated discussion by a male facilitator, a 30-minute facilitated gym workout and encouraging text messages for ten weeks. Designed to overcome the common barrier of stigma, the sessions are provided in a gym.

The curriculum addresses common challenges experienced by fathers of young children including changes in adult relationship, managing work and family and identifying and managing stress.

Fathers’ mental health problems have been associated with partner mental health difficulties, couple relationship difficulties and interparental conflict, low parenting confidence and harsh/hostile parenting.  The cost of fathers’ postnatal depression includes reduced employment productivity, short- and long-term adverse effects on child health, family conflict, violence and family breakdown.

Our Programs

Day Stay Programs
Tweddle provides early parenting Day Stay programs in Footscray, Geelong, Bacchus Marsh in partnership with Djerriwarrh Health Service, Kings Park in partnership with Brimbank City Council, Terang in partnership with Terang & Mortlake Health Service and in Mill Park in partnership with the City of Whittlesea.
MyTime
Tweddle's MyTime program is now welcoming families to fortnightly online catch ups. MyTime provides support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability, developmental delay or chronic medical condition. MyTime provides a place to socialise, discuss, to access information, and to support and be supported by other carers...
In Home Service
Tweddle offer gentle solutions to helping your baby or young child learn to sleep and settle. We provide expert in home and telephone support for baby and toddler sleep, settling, behaviour, feeding and parenting uncertainty...
Working Out Dads
Tweddle Child & Family Health Service are now recruiting for our next Brimbank and Wyndham Working Out Dads groups, a ground-breaking parenting program for dads of children aged 0-4.
Residential Program
The Tweddle Residential Program operates from Monday to Friday each week for vulnerable families struggling with a range of parenting challenges. The early intervention and prevention program has a focus on strengthening attachment, building resilience and supporting you to understand your baby's cues....
Childbirth Education
Tweddle's new Childbirth Education classes now include a class filmed at Tweddle, delivered by experienced Educators with participating parents. Mums and partners can now watch the classes in the comfort of their own homes at a time that suits them. Participants are sent a password that allows access to Tweddle's Childbirth Education on Vimeo. The password allows access to a two week viewing period. Classes are then followed up by an optional group zoom meeting with the Educator, where parents can meet and ask the Educator any questions.
Parenting Assessment and Skills Development
Tweddle's Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Service (PASDS) is available to parents who have children between 0 and 3 years who are currently involved with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Professional Development
Tweddle provide training programs and parenting workshops delivered by qualified educators with extensive knowledge and experience specialising in infant mental health, attachment, early parenting support and family partnership education. Tweddle can tailor Professional Development packages for staff, held either at Tweddle in Footscray or at a location that's convenient to you.

Impact of Our Programs

3613

Mums, Dads, Babies & Toddlers (Resi/Day Stay/InHome/PASDs/HoPES)

2,179

Day Stay Clients

354

In Home Clients

720

Childbirth Education families

1594

Completed Assessment and Intake Services

110

MyTime Families

122

Working Out Dads

14

Locations : Pascoe Vale, Wyndham Vale, Maidstone, Point Cook,  Hobsons Bay (Newport)  Brimbank, Maribynong, Melton, Whittlesea, Geelong, Terang, Bacchus Marsh, 

64%

MCHN referrals to Tweddle

 

Make A Difference Today

Social Change
Tweddle is a public hospital and preventative health organisation working upstream with a focus on social change. We foster resilience in families experiencing mental ill health, family violence, isolation, addiction and exhaustion.
The Tweddle Foundation
The Tweddle Foundation supports the critical work and facilities of Tweddle Child and Family Health Service. Help us build a future for vulnerable families so that babies and toddlers get a good start in life.
Get Involved
We welcome your partnership in helping us change lives. Whether it be workplace giving, corporate partnerships, bequests, volunteering or fundraising, your help will make a difference today and for the future.

Tweddle would like to acknowledge and pay our respects to the Traditional Custodians, past and present, of this land Wurundjeri on which Tweddle provide its services.

Tweddle has a commitment to honouring and celebrating diversity in all staff, volunteers, and families, including full participation in programs, policy formulation, and decision-making. We acknowledge the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals and pledge to creating and maintaining an environment that respects diverse traditions, heritages, and experiences.
Tweddle acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government
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