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Tweddle baby from 1939 joins 95th AGM

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 01/12/15

Tweddle Chair Dr Nicole Milburn joined Treasurer Melanie Edwards, Board members and CEO Ms Jacquie O Brien in presenting the 2014/15 annual report at Tweddle’s 95th AGM on Wednesday 25th November. Staff and guests gathered to reflect upon Tweddle’s many achievements.

The new Futures document was launched which speaks to the importance of a child’s first 1000 days, family preservation and reunification, the broad reach of Tweddle’s services and the vision for redevelopment.

This was Dr Milburn’s last year as Tweddle Chair.  Her work raising awareness of the impact of family violence on the infant as well as the toxic trio of domestic violence, mental ill health and substance misuse has been critical.

During her five years as Chair she has overseen many State and Federal Government reforms, an apology for past forced adoption practices and a variation in Tweddle’s service agreement which saw Tweddle delivering government funded outreach services.

Ms Marie Howard, previously Tweddle’s Deputy Chair, will be replacing Dr Milburn as Chair. Joining Ms Howard is Ms Doris Whitmore as Deputy Chair and Ms Melanie Telford continues in the role of Treasurer. New members Ms Jane Edwards, Ms Jordana Hunter and Ms Denise Patterson bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Tweddle Board.

The year saw many excellent achievements including partnerships with Vacca to deliver Ballert Bubup, the delivery of Sons of The West health talks for men across the west and the continuation of the partnership with Western Health to deliver Childbirth Education.

Tweddle made submissions to the Royal Commission into family violence, the State Government’s 10 Year Mental Health Strategy and The Roadmap For Reform, Strong Families: Safe Children. A new Day Stay Program in Brimbank was launched and Tweddle was once again included in the State Government’s Good Practice ‘A Statewide Snapshot’ document. 

Prison programs to support mums and dads in prison were delivered at Dame Phyllis Frost and Dads from a Distance with thanks to the Mary Mackillop Foundation.

A formal  thankyou  to The Alfred Felton Bequest and Equity Trustees, was noted as Tweddle completed a three year research study into Parenting Confidence.

A Tweddle baby, Jim Hevey, now 75, attended the AGM.  Jim brought with him a copy of the 1939 Annual Report which documented his care and recovery as an 11 week premature baby at the Tweddle Baby Hospital. It was heartening to hear that Jim speaks of Tweddle as being part of his heritage.

Ms O’Brien acknowledged guests and recognised staff with service  awards for 5,10 and 15 years of service. Tweddle's 2014/15 Annual Report, the  2014/15 Financial report and the Futures Document are available on the Tweddle Website.

 Jim Hevey Tweddle Baby

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