Tweddle provides a combination of residential, day stay, in-home, tele-health, fee for service and community based Early Parenting programs. You can self-refer to Tweddle.
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Tweddle's caring In-Home and Telehealth teams can help you with sleep and settling, attachment, routines, returning to work, feeding, behaviour and more.
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Tweddle Sleep and Settling training
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 offers face-to-face group and online Childbirth Education classes delivered by experienced Educators. Mums and support people can attend classes at Tweddle or watch the classes in the comfort of their own homes.
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Diversity; Everyone is unique, included and heard.
Equity; Advocacy for fair opportunities.
Inclusion; Meaningful participation for all.
Belonging; Be your authentic self.

Tweddle acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and pay our respects to Elders past and present. We believe in supporting babies, toddlers, children and families to stay connected to cultures, communities and Countries. Tweddle welcomes people of different age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, intersex status, culture, sexual orientation, relationship status, language, faith, ability levels and socio-economic backgrounds.  We take an intersectional approach in reducing inequality and discrimination by embedding safe, inclusive and affirming partnerships. We celebrate families from all walks of life and promote diversity, equity, inclusion and a sense of belonging in principle and practice.

Parents talk about Tweddle’s support.
Welcome to Tweddle! A Virtual Tour.
Tweddle might be renown as a 100+ year-old Sleep School but we are so much more than that, as illustrated in this wonderful Tweddle profile by House of Wellness. Tweddle supports parents and carers of babies and toddlers to strengthen attachment, learn about sleep and settling, read their child’s cues, build parenting skills and confidence and connect with community.
Tweddle provides a combination of residential, day stay, in-home, tele-health, fee for service and community based Early Parenting programs. You can self-refer to Tweddle.  Tweddle’s parenting practitioners use strict health protocols to care for families including:
  • Taking temperatures
  • Asking a series of questions prior to services being delivered regarding your current health status and travel
  • Hand Hygiene and wearing masks
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 helping you and your family.
Stay well and take care.

Once referred to as a ‘Sleep School’, Tweddle offers so much more than sleep and settling. Tweddle programs and services include Residential and Day Stay, In Home, Working out Dads, Telehealth 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 IMHAW event
Understanding past trauma and relationships vital to positive infant mental health
June 15 2022

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week (IMHAW) in Australia launched today with the Tweddle Foundation’s ‘Understanding Early Trauma’ Seminar at the Substation in Newport.

IMHAW has become a movement for change since it was started in 2016 by the Parent Infant Foundation UK. At today’s Seminar, over 150 health and community sector workers gathered to add their voices to the movement and to hear guest speakers Professor Louise Newman AM, Psychologist Colby Pearce, Gunditjmara Elder Annette Vickery and Dr Nicole Milburn.

Nicole delivered virtual presentations with Dr Julie Larrieu PhD and Dr Joy Osofsky PhD and facilitated a panel discussion. Both presentations were excellent and shared insights gained from traumatic events experienced by infants and their parents, including Hurricane Katrina.

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week highlights the need for a greater understanding about why giving every baby the best possible start is vital to their life chances.

Guest speakers explored the infant’s experience of early trauma and the importance of understanding parental trauma. Also discussed was the need for health workers to take the time to coach and help parents see themselves as parents, taking into consideration experiences of past trauma that may surface once a person becomes a parent. The importance of consistent, secure, attachment relationships was discussed, and the need to help parents ‘be with’ their infants and to help them to understand their child’s inner world.

Panelist Annette Vickery spoke about the importance of connection to Country, connection to Culture and connection to Community for supporting Aboriginal families, and that a broad community of kinship supports should be called upon to care for family.

Today’s theme of Understanding Early Trauma is intrinsically linked with inter-generational trauma and that includes generations of Aboriginal families who continue to experience trauma linked to colonisation and stolen generations.

During Infant Mental Health Awareness Week, Tweddle become even louder advocates for infants. We need to increase awareness of the baby blind-spot, a term that highlights that the focus on child mental health, often overlooks infancy.

Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! for NAIDOC week 2022
June 30 2022

This year Tweddle will be observing and celebrating NAIDOC Week (3rd-10th July 2022). The NAIDOC 2022 theme is Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a proud history of getting up, standing up, and showing up. From the frontier wars and the earliest resistance fighters to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities fighting for change today.

To Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! is a call for systemic change, whether it’s seeking proper environmental, cultural and heritage protections, Constitutional change, a comprehensive process of truth-telling, working towards treaties, or calling out racism—we must do it together.

It must be a genuine commitment by all of us to Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! and support and secure institutional, structural, collaborative, and cooperative reforms.

It’s also time to celebrate the many who have driven and led change in Aboriginal communities over generations—they have been the heroes and champions of change, of equal rights and even basic human rights.

Getting Up, Standing Up, and Showing Up can take many forms. Together, we need to move beyond just acknowledgement, good intentions, empty words and promises, and hollow commitments.

The relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non‑Indigenous Australians needs to be based on justice, equity, and the proper recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ rights.

Intergenerational ill-health has impacted generations of Aboriginal families who continue to experience trauma linked to colonisation, stolen generations, discrimination and healthcare delivered through a western lens.

Proud Gunditjmara woman and Tweddle Board Member Annette Vickery spoke on the Infant Mental Health Awareness Week event panel about the importance of connection to Country, connection to Culture and connection to Community for Aboriginal families and the services that care for them. A broad community of kinship supports should be called upon to care for family.

Tweddle has the privilege to work alongside Aboriginal health workers, mums, dads, babies and toddlers as part of our early parenting support programs.

Tweddle believes in the rights of Aboriginal People to have opportunities for self-determination. Tweddle believes in working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as we develop an understanding of transgenerational trauma.

We respect Aboriginal people by supporting them to stay connected to Country, to family, to language and to land.

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 acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government
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