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Tweddle parenting program pilots in Macedon Ranges

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 19/03/13


Many local Macedon ranges families are familiar with the work of Tweddle, a 93 year old not for profit Early Parenting Centre based in Footscray providing services across Melbourne’s north and west, including in Geelong and Terang.  Over 200 parents with babies and young children living in the Macedon ranges region contact early Parenting educators Tweddle every year for over the phone and residential parenting support.

In 2011, Tweddle and Macedon Ranges local health providers started meeting to identify service needs relating to young parents living in the area.  Twelve months of discussion saw representatives from Tweddle and local health groups, Cobaw, Kyneton District Health and  Macedon Ranges Shire Council form an alliance that combined strengths for the benefit of families living in the Macedon ranges.

As recommended by the Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children's Inquiry Panel, Tweddle were delighted to provide further therapeutic services to vulnerable families living in regional Victoria.  “The report placed a strong emphasis on regional and area based service support and the integration of services” said Tweddle CEO Vivienne Amery  

Subsequently, in March 2013 an eight week pilot program called PlaySteps will commence for eight regional families. Playsteps is an evidence based program that identifies parenting strengths, baby cues, communication, observation and response guidance with a focus on developing secure attachment.    

Secure attachment to a caregiver in the first years of life is a significant factor in a child’s cognitive, social and emotional wellbeing and stability.  Over eight sessions, how a parent responds to and communicates with their child is observed and discussed with the parent.  This collaborative program will be staffed by two Tweddle staff and one COBAW staff member.

Anne McLennan, CEO of COBAW, Jennifer Gale, CEO of Kyneton Health and Vivienne Amery, CEO of Tweddle Child and Family Health Service and their teams have worked hard bringing the Playsteps program to Kyneton.

The initial 8 week pilot program based in Woodend is fully booked and will be evaluated to determine outcomes.  If you or someone you know is not coping with parenting, contact your local Maternal and Child Health Nurse, the 24 hour Maternal and Child Health Line on 13 22 29 or Tweddle during business hours on (03) 9689 1577.

The media release can be found here (pdf)


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