Tweddle Receive Funding Boost For Dads

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 for people and communities.

In addition to funding four Working Out Dads (WOD) programs in Melbourne’s west for forty dads, the funding will allow SVA and Tweddle to determine a framework for WOD sustainability, replication, partnership possibilities, fee for service options, train the trainer potential and other scaling up options.

Contributing to the project is a collaboration with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) to develop an online pre-and-post assessment platform for dads and further evaluation of the successful program.  The 64 page WOD manual and program model will be updated to reflect program recommendations and feedback.

The WOD pilot has so far delivered 13 evaluated programs demonstrating statistically significant improvements in mental health and parenting confidence. Despite one in ten Australian fathers experiencing poor physical and mental health in their child’s critical early years, interventions in early fatherhood are scarce.

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust (HMSTrust) Chief Executive Ms Lin Bender AM agreed that increased early intervention and prevention options for dads were needed. “We look forward to the Tweddle, SVA and MCRI partnership outcomes and building on two years of WOD program research and evaluation” she said

Tweddle CEO Ms Jacquie O’Brien praised Helen Macpherson Smith Trust’s decision to invest in early intervention for dads and the future of programs that support fathers in the first 1000 days.

“Research links fathers’ mental health and low parenting confidence with relationship conflict and hostile parenting which impacts a child’s social and emotional health outcomes. This grant is vital in the evolution of Working Out Dads and scoping the program to reach as many dads as possible into the future.”

One in ten Australian fathers experience poor physical (alcohol, smoking, obesity) and mental health (anxiety, stress, depression) in the critical and stressful early years of parenting.  Moreover, the cost of fathers’ postnatal depression includes reduced employment productivity, adverse effects on child health and family violence.

Tweddle’s vision is secure babies, strong families and safe communities. At the foundation of Tweddle’s work is strengthening relationships and supporting vulnerable parents. Parental risk factors include poor mental health, exhaustion, disability, family violence, isolation, and financial stress, placing a child at risk of poor health outcomes. Tweddle plays a critical and timely role in building parents’ confidence, resources, skills and capacity.

The first group will take place in Brimbank. Two groups will run in 2019 and two in 2020. For more information or to register contact Manager Community Programs at Tweddle on 03 9689 1577 or visit Working Out Dads

 

 


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