Tweddle Child and Family Health Service

  1. About this service

    Tweddle is an early intervention and prevention parenting service with a priority on providing assistance to families facing multiple challenges and in urgent need of support and where there is distress and disruption in the child-parent relationship. As a result of our work parents acquire parenting skills and confidence, enhanced attachment, improved health outcomes and better connections with community. Tweddle provide:

    • Parenting Programs (Day Stay & Residential)
    • MyTime - Peer support for parents and carers of children 0-18 with additional needs
    • Childbirth Education
    • In Home Parenting Service & telephone consultation

      • Service name

        Tweddle Child and Family Health Service

      • Service address

        53 Adelaide Street
        Footscray Victoria 3011
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      • Phone

        03 9689 1577

      • Fax

        03 9689 1922

      • Urgency levels

        Help, Looking for Support, Looking for Information

      • Service area

        Metropolitan Melbourne but services focussed on families in Melbourne's West

      • Service hours

        24 hour residential service - Day Stay Program Business hours, Childbirth education on weekends and evenings, In Home service day and evening, telephone consultations, MyTime support for parents of children with special needs, Business hours

      • Service type


      • Costs

        Residential (funded) and Day Stay program (funded and fee for service), Childbirth Education costs are between $80 and $120 depending on sessions and health care card status. In Home service ( funded and fee for service) telephone consultations $50 for 30

      • Public transport information

        Buses 220 stops at Gordon Street near Barkly Street - 5 minute walk Buses 219, 216 stops on Essex Street near Gordon Street - 5 minute walk Train Sydenham train line - West Footscray station - 5 minute walk

      • Service for

        Parents, babies, toddlers and children up to school age.
        MyTime peer support for parents and carers of children with additional needs in Werribee, Wyndham Vale and Point Cook

      • Languages (other than English)

        We have casual bilingual staff.

      • Disability access


      • Drop in service

        Yes for MyTime's 5 western locations in Point Cook, Werribee, Wyndham Vale, Altona Meadows, Essendon & Footscray.

      • Outreach

        Yes - Tweddle In Home Service, a fee based parenting service

      • Outpost

        2 Roy St (off Mercer St) Geelong, 24 Maplewood Street Kings Park (Brimbank) 53 Adelaide Street, Footscray (Maribyrnong), 68 Centenary Drive Mill Park (Whittlesea) and in Bacchus Marsh and Terang

    More information for teachers, wellbeing staff and service professionals

      • Participation length

        Four day residential programs, ten day Parenting Assessment and Skills Development Program (PASDS) Day stay programs and 2 1/2 hour in home consultations.

      • Participation type


      • Secondary consult


      • Staff profile

        Tweddle employ Maternal and Child health nurses, Early Childhood Professionals, Lactation Consultants, Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, Childbirth Educators and Relationship Counsellors

      • Specific exclusions

        Tweddle's services are for parents of children under school age. MyTime is for parents of children aged 0 through to any school age.

      • Funding limit?

        Ongoing services.

      • Who can refer

        Any health professional can refer to our Residential and Day Stay programs. Families can self refer to our In Home Service.

      • Referral mode

        A referral is available on the Tweddle website and can be filled out online, or printed out and faxed/mailed.

      • Point of intake

        Reception will book at intake call with the family. The intake call takes approximately 30 minutes.

      • Emergency referral and intake process

        We have Child FIRST priority beds available. This needs to be discussed with our intake team.

      • E-Referral option