Tweddle Redevelopment to Increase Capacity For Babies, Toddlers and Their Families

Tweddle Redevelopment to Increase Capacity For Babies, Toddlers and Their Families

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Tweddle Child and Family Health Service is thrilled to announce that construction has started on the expansion of their historic Adelaide Street Residential and Administration buildings, after 102 years of caring for Victorian families.

New designs have been unveiled for the multi-million-dollar construction of 12 new residential family units and new native landscaping.

Delivered by the Victorian Health Building Authority (VHBA) in partnership with Tweddle and Bowden Corporation, the works are scheduled for completion in late 2023.

Tweddle CEO Jacquie O’Brien said the redevelopment will help ease our waiting times, which for some families can stretch to three months. ’In the past year, there were over 53,000 visits to Tweddle’s website. These are parents desperate for trusted information about their baby or toddler’s sleep, behaviour, feeding and attachment.’

’The first three years of a baby’s life have an enormous impact on how they will learn and grow throughout their lifetime, with more than one million new neural connections forming every second, so sleep is vital.’

“’Being chronically sleep-deprived impacts on the ability of mums and dads to develop secure early attachment with their babies, make decisions, return to work, drive safety and look after their own health,’ Ms O’Brien said.

The Minister for Health Mary-Anne Thomas said the upgraded centre would provide parents and carers with the advice and help they need, including extra care for babies with additional needs.

“This is another important step for the Early Parenting Centre program, which is set to triple the number of centres in the state by the end of 2024 – providing support to more than 5,000 additional families each year.” Minister Thomas said.

Katie Hall MP, Member for Footscray, said the extension to the centre would provide more families access to longer residential stays, improving health, wellbeing, and development outcomes for hundreds of families per year.

“It’s wonderful news that more families in Footscray will soon have greater access to the flexible and targeted support they need to ensure their children get the best start in life.” Ms Hall said.

New designs have shown a new façade, a shared kitchen and dining space, a children’s play area and residential family units, which have been designed to create an environment where families can feel safe and comfortable.

Local child and maternal health experts and Aboriginal groups helped to develop the plans to ensure they would meet the needs of the local community.

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