Parents and Professionals reframe for 2021

Parents and Professionals reframe for 2021

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From the CEO

Dear friends,

More than ever, this year has been about adversity, resilience and reframing. As the State of Emergency was declared, expectant and new parents turned to Tweddle with unease and distress.

Telehealth, online parenting groups and childbirth education systems and processes were developed to reassure anxious parents, many of whom had spent months on a waiting list for a residential admission.

Mums and dads spoke of their mental health concerns and about isolation, employment, financial worries, relationship distress and their baby’s developmental milestones.

Our clinicians spoke to parents about serve and return, comfort and nurture, the foundations for secure attachment and brain development. Babies are adaptable and feed off the mental health of their parents and carers. It was vital that parents were supported to focus on their own mental health.

Scientific evidence tells us that baby and toddler exposure to adversity can lead to a variety of short and long-term negative health effects. It can disrupt early brain development and compromise functioning of the nervous and immune systems.

Understanding how the experiences children have from birth affect lifelong outcomes, combined with what adults need to thrive as parents, is crucial.

It enables services like Tweddle, the Early Years sector and policy-makers to drive and invest in therapeutic, recovery based, intensive services for families experiencing adversity.

In this newsletter we share updates from a year that has offered us an opportunity for expansion as we supported more families across Victoria using telehealth. We are proud of our staff and thankful to the thousands of families that turned to us for support, either in person, through telehealth or one of our digital channels.

We’re grateful to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Tweddle Board, our funders, donors, volunteers and community services partners. We look forward to a 2021 Reset, and the opportunity to celebrate Tweddle’s Centenary.  Have a safe, happy and restful Festive Season from all of us at Tweddle.

Stay well and take care,
Jacquie O’Brien
Tweddle CEO

New Early Parenting Centres for Victoria

Tweddle was delighted to announce new Geelong, Bendigo and Wyndham locations and partnerships as part of the Victorian Government’s $123 million Early Parenting Centres Expansion and Upgrade project. Tweddle will work in partnership with Bendigo Health and Barwon Health and be the key provider of a new Early Parenting Centre in the rapidly growing region of Wyndham. Read more

Sleep and Settling Training – Exciting news for 2021

One of the biggest challenges facing new parents is coping with broken sleep and exhaustion. Tweddle was thrilled to announce a key partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW) made possible with thanks to a significant investment from the Victorian government.

The partnership will see over 2000 of Victoria’s nursing, parenting and health practitioners trained in the latest evidence based approaches to sleep and settling. Online sleep and settling resources are already available.

In 2021 Victoria’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nurse Workforce, Aboriginal Health workers, Allied Health professionals, MCH students and clinical staff working in Early Parenting Centres will all undertake face-to-face, group and online training facilitated by Tweddle. Read more 

Looking for Dads in 2021

Tweddle would like to congratulate Associate Professor Rebecca Giallo from Murdoch Children’s Research (MCRI) Institute for the successful Australian Government MRFF Million Minds Mission grant to 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, with the first groups to be delivered in 2021. Read more 

Resources for Resilience

Tweddle’s residential program supports over 1500 mums, dads, babies and toddlers every year. That’s a lot of wear and tear (and a lot of love) on books, toys, furniture and equipment. This year we’d like to thank the Collier Charitable Fund for the Resources for Resilience grant.

This will allow us to purchase new cameras, televisions, zoo and aquarium memberships, safe-sleeping pods, travel passes, suitcases and furniture. We’ll also be purchasing Aboriginal books, artwork and resources to enhance a sense of cultural safety and welcome for indigenous families.

We’re grateful to the William Angliss Charitable Fund for supporting us with vital COVID-19 purchases and to the Rotary Club of Footscray for new books, toys and play equipment.

Centenary Update

The ink was drying on plans for a number of exciting Tweddle Centenary celebrations when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Plans included a Life Governors’ dinner, a Centenary event at Government House, a Gala Ball, a family day at the Melbourne Zoo and a reunion afternoon tea for past Tweddle staff. Our official Centenary website launch was also impacted. We still hope to deliver these events in the 2020/21 financial year. We look forward to honouring and paying tribute to the incredible dedication of those that came before us.

Follow our Tweddle Centenary Facebook Page for updates

Goodbye to Carol

After months of lock-down and four years of volunteering, we were sad to hear that Carol McDonald was leaving Tweddle in her role as concierge. From holding anxious babies in arms so exhausted mums can fill out forms to showing families to their rooms, Carol was a vital first step on the road to better outcomes for mums, dads, babies and toddlers. Carol proudly represented Tweddle at the 2018 volunteer awards. We thank Carol for her years of service.

Thank you from Tweddle

2020 has been a challenge for us all. We were privileged this year for the support we received to help thousands of babies, toddlers, parents and carers. We couldn’t do what we do without the passion of many people and partners. From local, state and federal support, philanthropic grants, donations, in-kind assistance and community partnerships, together we help babies, toddlers and their families get a good start in life. Here is a message of thanks from Tweddle staff

Make a donation to the Tweddle Foundation

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