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Empowering parents to build the mental health of babies and toddlers

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

Contrary to traditional beliefs, babies and toddlers can and do suffer mental illness. Toxic stress in early childhood is associated with persistent effects on the nervous system and stress hormone systems that can damage developing brains and lead to lifelong problems in learning, behaviour, and both physical and mental health. So how do babies and […]

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Children’s Week Event at Tweddle

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

As part of Children’s Week, Tweddle will host “Healthy, Happy & Safe” a play and learning session for parents, carers, babies and toddlers explaining what different cues mean, a discussion about healthy eating and what safety at home looks like for babies and toddlers. With the Children’s Week theme ‘Children have the right to be […]

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The Serious Business of Play at Tweddle

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

With thanks to two Pilot programs supported by the Collier Charitable Fund and The Phyllis Connor Memorial Trust, Tweddle has embedded therapeutic play facilitation at Tweddle. Tweddle’s two new play practitioners are Stephanie and Liz who work in groups and one-on-one with parents, babies and toddlers. In their roles, Stephanie and Liz support children and […]

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Tweddle Announce Learning System Grant

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle is delighted to announce a pilot evaluation in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). Funded by a Learning System Grant (LSG), the mixed methods study will examine Tweddle’s ten day Residential Parenting Assessment and Skill Development Service (PASDS) for families receiving child protection services. LSGs funded by the DHHS and administered by […]

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First national study of child maltreatment begins

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

Child maltreatment takes many forms. From emotional and physical abuse to sexual assault, neglect and exposure to domestic violence. Much of childhood abuse takes place behind closed doors and paves the way for a life of detrimental lifelong health outcomes. A $2.3 million study funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of the prevalence and impacts of child maltreatment in Australia is underway, led by QUT Professor Ben Mathews with a team of
international researchers who will interview 10,000 people between the ages of 16 and 86.

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Students explore The Importance of Seasonal Play

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

Written by Lauren Caulfield and Jade Cabraja In May Tweddle welcomed Lauren Caulfield and Jade Cabraja, two Occupational Therapy (OT) students from Australian Catholic University (ACU) who recently finished their 9 week placement. Jade and Lauren wanted to provide caregivers with a cost effective resource to increase knowledge of the importance of play and sensory […]

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Working Out Dads Brimbank kicks off in August

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

With thanks to The Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Tweddle is now recruiting for the Brimbank Working Out Dads group commencing August 15th. The program will be delivered at the Sunshine Leisure Centre on Thursday evenings between 7pm and 9pm for six weeks and a seventh week decided by the group. Working Out Dads is for dads […]

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Is there a Pram to Prison Pipeline?

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

The ‘Crossover Kids’ report, authored and published by the Sentencing Advisory Council looks at the backgrounds of children who are under the care of child protection and have received a sentence or diversion in the Children’s Court of Victoria in 2016 or 2017. There were 5,063 children in the study group, comprised of children who […]

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Occupational Therapy Students’ Food Pouch Findings

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

By Stephanie Mackinnon & Ween Min Kang This month, Tweddle welcomed two 3rd year Occupational Therapy (OT) students from Australian Catholic University (ACU), Stephanie Mackinnon and Ween Min Kang. Occupational therapy is an allied health profession that aims to promote participation in activities that are meaningful/important to an individual by addressing environmental, personal, or task-related […]

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Tweddle Receive Funding Boost For Dads

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

Early Parenting organisation Tweddle Child and Family Health Service is thrilled to announce a $78,760 grant from Helen Macpherson Smith Trust for the therapeutic and facilitated Working Out Dads program. The funding will underpin a partnership between Tweddle and Social Ventures Australia (SVA), a not-for-profit organisation that works with partners to deliver better social outcomes […]

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