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Tweddle's 94th AGM Acknowledges History and Achievements

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 17/11/14

Tweddle Chair Dr Nicole Milburn joined Treasurer Michael Wild, Board members and CEO Ms Jacquie O Brien in presenting the 2013/14 annual report at Tweddle’s 94th AGM on Tuesday 12th November. Staff and guests gathered to reflect upon Tweddle’s achievements and delivering on the 2012-2017 Strategic Plan.

Dr Milburn spoke about Tweddle’s important work in the area of child and family advocacy. "This year placed Tweddle at the leading edge of policy changes.  Importantly it highlighted to Government that we are a very active component of working to support vulnerable children and their families”

She reminded all at Tweddle’s 94th Annual General Meeting that Tweddle is the voice of the infant. “We know that the world of a child who is not being stimulated and not experiencing a healthy environment due to the toxic trio of domestic violence, mental ill health and substance misuse places them at risk of child maltreatment and neglect”  She said “ the families that come to Tweddle now have multiple and complex needs that are interconnected.  They also don’t have the support that they could have one relied upon in families and the community”

In addition to her role as Tweddle Chairperson, Dr Milburn is a Clinical Psychologist working in the area of childhood trauma and internal consultant for infant mental health for Berry Street Take 2.  Her presentation centred on ‘National and International directions in infant and perinatal mental health’ covered epigenetics, neuroscience, infant and parent relationships, health promotion and advocacy and policy development.

On behalf of the Board, Tweddle CEO Jacquie O Brien joined State and Federal Governments in delivering a formal apology for past forced adoption practices which mainly took part between 1950 and 1975. Tweddle will be placing the framed apology in their foyer.

Ms O’Brien acknowledged guests and recognised staff with service and CEO awards reiterating that we are working together at a time of enormous change.

The CEO’s Highly commended award went to Abigail Dent, Tweddle’s PASDS Care coordinator. Abigail has grown the Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Service (PASDS) program and supported its development and changes across Tweddle’s services.  As a highly skilled clinician, Abigail has helped tailor programs to the needs of more vulnerable families.

Also receiving an award for Outstanding Contributions was Tweddle Quality, Safety and Risk Manager Wendy Grant. Wendy’s commitment to improving outcomes for families through improving processes is a credit to her.  Wendy embraced the challenge of an organisational wide ACHS and DHS standards audit after recently starting with Tweddle.  

Tweddle’s 94th AGM provided an important reminder to staff and guests of the important privilege we all have of building the capabilities of parents and giving recognition to the vision of our heritage. 

Tweddle's 2013/14 Annual Report and 2013/14 Financial report are available to download here.

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