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December 2016

Babies and Toddlers forgotten victims in CCYP family violence report

Posted:Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) has tabled a report in Parliament which examines the Child Protection service system and the needs of child victims of family violence and sexual abuse. The report’s findings, ‘Neither seen nor heard’, an Inquiry into issues of family violence in child deaths, mirror those of the Royal Commission into Family Violence which highlighted how children were often considered an extension of their caregiver rather than victims in their own right. The report however failed to address the often forgotten victims of family violence, the 0-4 year group and the services that support them.Read more...

Alleviating Festive Period stress on families with babies and toddlers

Posted:Monday, 19 December 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

While many families are preparing for holidays and busy gatherings, it’s important to remember that challenges with parenting, mental health and family violence don’t go away over the festive period. In fact, stress and frustration can magnify existing problems.Read more...

Study reveals costly adult life-course outcomes predicted as young as age 3

Posted:Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle CEO Ms Jacquie O Brien has responded to the latest Dunedin Study results which demonstrated that adult outcomes can be predicted by as young as three years of age. The Dunedin Study, a longitudinal research study initiated 43 years ago in New Zealand, has shown that 20% of the population use the majority of public services, indicating long-term importance of early years investment for disadvantaged children. The findings reflect worldwide research around achievement gaps and how these open up in the critical first 1000 days of life, between conception and age 2.Read more...

November 2016

Importance of The First 1000 Days Highlighted at Tweddle's 96th AGM

Posted:Thursday, 24 November 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle Interim Chair Mr Bryce Prosser joined Interim Treasurer Ms Doris Whitmore, Board members and CEO Ms Jacquie O' Brien in presenting the 2015/16 annual report at Tweddle’s 96th AGM on Wednesday 23rd November. Mr Prosser spoke about the importance of Tweddle’s work improving the trajectory of a baby or toddler’s life through early intervention. He shared insights into new programs and partnerships improving outcomes for families such as Working Out Dads and new Day Stay locations in Whittlesea and Brimbank. “Tweddle’s work is to continue to educate and lobby around the importance of infant mental health and the need to target funding to support services working in the first 1000 days of a child’s life” he said. Board, management and staff were joined by special guest Dr Rebecca Ritte who spoke about the First Thousand Days Australia (conception to age 2) in an indigenous context.Read more...

Assessment & Intake A Lifeline for Struggling Parents

Posted:Thursday, 17 November 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle’s Assessment & Intake team are the lifeline for up to 100 mums and dads every week. Parents have often waited months or more to turn to someone for help. After securing a referral, parents speak with Tweddle’s Assessment and Intake Coordinator. It is here where Tweddle explore the risks, complexity and adversity of a family’s situation. A parent’s sensitivities to their child’s needs and feelings during times of stress, exhaustion, anxiety or depression can be compromised. Here we talk to the friendly Scot and frontline support facilitator for Assessment and Intake Paula Poots about what it is like helping struggling mums and dads through difficult times.Read more...

Tweddle Announces its 96th AGM

Posted:Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle Board, management and staff invite you to attend our 96th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 23th November from 3pm to 4pm at 53 Adelaide Street Footscray.Read more...

New Tweddle staff add experience for at risk families

Posted:Monday, 7 November 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle has recently added to the incredible breadth of experience and support families receive during their admission to a Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Service (PASDS), Residential or Day Stay program. Tweddle welcomes four new health professionals to the clinical team.Read more...

October 2016

Children's Week and the Rights of Infants

Posted:Thursday, 20 October 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Children’s Week (22nd – 30th Oct) is a time when Tweddle staff and families reflect upon the precious aspect of early childhood. The period from birth to age 3 is when 80% of a child’s brain is developed through a combination of genes and experiences.The everyday interactions of song, touch, play, talking, cuddling and responding sensitively to a child’s cues lay the foundation for future learning and relationships. While at Tweddle, families participate in therapeutic play, music and literacy sessions. Parents can start to see the world through their children’s eyes. The World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) recently released a position paper on The Rights of Infants to highlight the additional and specific needs of the 0-3 age range which go beyond those that have already been specified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, adopted 1990).Read more...

Tweddle acknowledges MyTime Carers

Posted:Thursday, 13 October 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

As part of Carers Week (16th-22nd Oct), Tweddle would like to acknowledge the incredible dedication of our MyTime staff and families. Over 100 registered Tweddle MyTime families gather weekly during school terms to socialise and have a break from their regular routines. Read more...

September 2016

Tweddle Opens its doors as part of Children's Week

Posted:Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle is celebrating Children's Week by having its first Open Day. Between 11am and 2pm on Friday the 28th October, there will be a free BBQ, hourly tours and fun activities for curious families and old friends. Drop in for a sausage and a cuppa, have an informal chat with staff and learn about our history and future plans. Read more...

Involved Fathers Bring Benefits

Posted:Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle’s Working Out Dads program research is uncovering what we already knew. Dads want opportunities to connect with other dads and learn more about their role as partners and fathers. The after hours 6 week program held in fitness centres, combines one hour of facilitated discussion, a 30 minute workout, resources and weekly text messages. The program encourages dads to think about relationships, managing stress, being an engaged parent and the connection between strong bodies and strong mindsRead more...

August 2016

Protecting Children is Everyone's Business

Posted:Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Protecting children is a priority at Tweddle. During Child Protection Week, 4th – 10th September, we celebrate the privilege of caring for families while highlighting the importance of our role in keeping children safe. Child abuse can mean physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and exposure to violence.Read more...

Tweddle joins Dr. Justin Coulson PhD at Prioritising Parenting event

Posted:Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle Child and Family Health Service CEO Jacquie O’ Brien will join highly acclaimed author, academic and parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson PhD as guest speaker at a Docklands ‘Prioritising Parenting’ event on September 15th focusing on families with complex needs. In her presentation ‘The First 1000 Days (Building Babies’ Brains), Ms O’Brien will reflect upon recent global research and her significant experience in clinical settings offering therapeutic intervention to vulnerable parents, babies and toddlers. Dr Coulson is an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Positive Psychology in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne. Read more...

Tweddle join City of Maribyrnong to celebrate Father's Day

Posted:Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

A Father's Day event featuring activities designed for dads and their babies and young children, including a Tweddle Dads information stall, is kicking off on Saturday 3rd September from 10.30am - midday at the Braybrook Library. The free event provided by The City of Maribyrnong's Library Service will bring dads together to enjoy craft activities, paper plane throwing, a chill out space and information stalls. Read more...

July 2016

New Partnership Strengthens Whittlesea Families

Posted:Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

A new partnership between Early Parenting Educators Tweddle and the City Of Whittlesea Maternal and Child Health has given birth to a Parenting Day Stay support program in Mill Park. Commencing September the 9th, the new Whittlesea Day Stay Program will operate every Friday at the Centenary Drive Maternal and Child Health Centre. Each week, the Day Stay program will offer intensive support for four families with children up to 12 months of age. Parenting support will include guidance around sleep, settling, feeding, routines, attachment and family wellbeing.Read more...

Give Where You Live lend a hand to families

Posted:Friday, 22 July 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle is incredibly grateful for the Support from Give Where You Live and the Geelong Community which has provided a grant for IT infrastructure and capital improvements to our Geelong Day Stay. Tweddle CEO Ms Jacquie O'Brien said the improvements would help Maternal and Child Health Nurse Marion Wright and Early Childhood Professional Vera Davies to deliver vital parenting support programs to vulnerable mums dads and babies.Read more...

Tweddle adds its voice to new Better Health Channel resource

Posted:Monday, 11 July 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

The Government funded Better Health Channel has featured Tweddle in a new video about child, family and relationship services. The video, in which Ms Kirsty Evans, Tweddle Director of Clinical Services/Nursing was interviewed, offers a description of services ranging from parenting education, maternal and child health services, child care, crisis support, child protection, family violence and relationship services.Read more...

Celebrating Indigenous families in NAIDOC Week (July 3-10)

Posted:Sunday, 3 July 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

NAIDOC Week in the first week of July (3-10) is a great time for indigenous and non indigenous communities to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Tweddle is privileged to be working with The Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency (VACCA) to provide a culturally aware parenting program in Melbourne’s North and West. Now entering the second year of the Ballert bubup program (meaning strong baby in Woiwurrung language), the Koolin balit project aims to give boorais (Aboriginal for infant) a healthy start to life through cultural strengthening and connection.Read more...

June 2016

Infant Mental Health A Local and International Priority

Posted:Thursday, 16 June 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

As a leader in the area of infant mental health, Tweddle Board Member Nicole Milburn has a lot to keep up with. Dr Milburn, an experienced Clinical Psychologist working in the field of child trauma recently returned from two International infant mental health conferences.Mental Health specialists, health professionals, policy makers and academics the world over are working together to raise awareness of the critical early years and their impact on future generations.Tweddle CEO Ms Jacquie O’Brien spoke about the importance of acquiring the latest global knowledge around infant mental health which is then actioned in an everyday practical capacity across all Tweddle programs.Read more...

Winter woollies keep Tweddle toddlers warm

Posted:Thursday, 9 June 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Staff and families are grateful to Fay Stankovich who has spent a year knitting the most gorgeous jumpers for Tweddle toddlers and babies. Anyone living in Melbourne at the moment will have noticed the sudden drop in temperature and not all children have a warm jumper to wear. Fay's colourful garments are a gift of love to families staying on our residential unit. Read more...

Mums and Dads invited to Circle of Security Parenting Program at Tweddle

Posted:Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

With thanks to the Collier Charitable Fund, Tweddle are inviting parents of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers to tune in and connect with their child at a free 8 week parenting program called Circle of Security commencing July 20 at Tweddle in Footscray.Read more...

May 2016

Sleep School story - a missed opportunity to tell the whole story

Posted:Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

As a specialist Statewide early parenting service, Tweddle is often called a Sleep School. This term however can devalue the true impact of our crucial work in the first thousand days of a baby's life (age 0-2). We understand that for the thousands of families that call us for help the term ‘sleep school’ reduces their issues down to one handy term. In many cases however, an unsettled baby is a symptom of other more serious things happening at home. Crucially, when families phone in for what they think is a baby that needs more sleep, it is an opportunity for a vulnerable mum or dad to unpack a whole range of other concerns.Read more...

Dads invited to Work It Out

Posted:Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

After a successful launch of the first round of Tweddle's new Working Out Dads Program, we're calling on dads for the second program. Commencing in July, the program is for Dads living in Wyndham or in and around Maribyrnong. The 6 week after hours program is proving a hit with dads who spend an hour in facilitated discussion and 30 minutes working out.Read more...

April 2016

Mums and Dads invited to join Circle of Security Parenting Program

Posted:Monday, 18 April 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

With thanks to the Collier Charitable Fund, Tweddle are inviting parents of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers to tune in and connect with their child at a parenting program called Circle of Security. Parents can learn about their child's emotional needs, strengthen attachment, understand cues and enjoy being in the moment.The 10am-midday, 8 week program starts on April 27th. Read more...

Government Roadmap for Reform prioritises earlier support for struggling families

Posted:Thursday, 14 April 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle welcomes a new range of measures announced on the 13th of April by the Andrews Labor Government. In particular, increased in-home support services for vulnerable families and extra child protection workers ensuring that Victorian families are as safe as possible. Tweddle CEO Ms Jacquie O’Brien acknowledged the Roadmap for Reform: strong families, safe children in spelling out the importance of services working together, driving family centred approaches, and protecting children as early as possible. “As a public hospital delivering evidence based front line in home and residential interventions for vulnerable babies, toddlers and their families, Tweddle commends the initiatives as a positive start” CEO Jacquie O’Brien said today.Read more...

Tweddle Baby Jim Hevey documents 95 years of history in Tweddle Tribute

Posted:Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle's 95 year history has been documented in an incredibly generous gesture by Tweddle baby Jim Hevey. Jim was alerted to Tweddle’s 95th Birthday celebrations in the local paper asking for Tweddle babies to get in contact with their stories. Jim was born 11 weeks premature and admitted to Tweddle on the 9th of August 1939. 77 years later, Jim credits Tweddle with saving his life. The 116 page historical book is available to purchase for $25 as a Tweddle fundraiser.Read more...

Royal Commission Report Into Family Violence Release

Posted:Friday, 1 April 2016

Author:Jacquie O'Brien

Tweddle Welcomes the Recommendations in the Royal Commission Report Into Family Violence Read more...

March 2016

Footscray Kmart customers dig deep for Tweddle

Posted:Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle staff are thrilled to be chosen as a Kmart Footscray 'Spare Change' charity partner, a program which encourages customers and Kmart team members to put spare change in coin boxes or to add a contribution at self serve checkouts. Read more...

Still studying at Tweddle after 95 years

Posted:Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle takes great pride in providing nursing students with education that forms part of their Maternal and Child Health qualifications. Tweddle has a long history of providing training to nurses and was a prominent school of Mothercraft Nursing from the 1920’s to 1978. This week we welcome students from RMIT Completing their Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing and Latrobe students completing a Masters of Nursing – Child, Family and Community. Read more...

February 2016

Are you dad fit? Calling on Dads in the West

Posted:Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

After nearly two years in development and an ongoing search for funding, Victorian Early Parenting Organisation Tweddle is launching an exciting new program for fathers called Working Out Dads. Groups combining a workout and group discussion start mid April so save the date and reserve your place. Read more...

Seminars for Grandparents Explore Changing Role

Posted:Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle are launching a new round of fun, practical and relaxed information sessions for Grandparents. Whether it be minding grandchildren so parents can return to work, caring for children over holidays or sleepovers, helping out when illness occurs or even if you are the primary carer, being a grandparent is a challenging role. Read more...

January 2016

Helping Parents To Tune In To Their Babies

Posted:Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle in Home Team Leader Kerrie Buchanan spoke to The Age about helping parents to see their babies differently and how parenting challenges can make parents vulnerable to health and wellbeing issues such as anxiety, depression and relationship problems. Read more...

New Mums, Dads, Babies and Tweddle Programs

Posted:Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Author:Kerrie Gottliebsen

Welcome to the new mums, dads and treasured babies who are just feeling their way into 2016. There are thousands of families just like yours, who in 2015 turned to us for one of our parenting support programs to receive urgently needed support. There are a number of ways that our family may be able to help yours this year. Read more...

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