The Tresillian in Far West, Broken Hill Service officially launched today (26 November 2018) extending child and family health care services for local families.
The Hon. Kevin Humphries MP Member for Barwon, officially launched the ‘Tresillian in Far West Broken Hill’ service today. The service is the result of a joint partnership between Tresillian Family Care Centres, the NSW Government and the Far West Local Health District and will focus on supporting local parents struggling with parenting challenges in the first 3 years of a child’s life.
Kevin Humphries said: ‘”This important initiative is aligned with the NSW Rural Health Plan which emphasises the need for service development in maternal, child and family healthcare in rural and regional areas. Tresillian is Australia’s largest early parenting organisation and we are excited that our local families will have direct access to their expertise here in Broken Hill. The new Tresillian service will have the capacity to provide parents with consultations on breastfeeding support, infant settling, toddler behaviour and peri-natal anxiety and depression.
“Tresillian have been supporting young families for 100 years, I am so proud that our NSW Government has partnered with them so that families with a baby or toddler, across regional NSW and in particular Broken Hill and surrounds, can access their services more easily,” Kevin Humphries said.
Mr Robert Mills, Tresillian’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer the community of Broken Hill a Tresillian Service enabling young families to be supported in their own hometown without having to travel to Adelaide or Sydney.”
Mr Mills went on to say “We will also work closely with the Far West NSW rural health workforce to enhance professional development and clinical support for local health professionals.”
Far West LHD Chief Executive, Stephen Rodwell said: “The new Broken Hill Centre will be a hub providing specialist child and family health services to families across the Far West Local Health District.”
“The services available to families will include home-based consultations, group programs and importantly video-consultations which will extend the reach of the service to provide access to families across our health district,” Stephen Rodwell said.
Tresillian offers an array of programs to help parents with the challenges often experienced in the critical early years of their child’s life, while importantly focusing on the emotional wellbeing of the family as a whole.
In the last few weeks, Tresillian has expanded its regional footprint to include Centres at Dubbo, Queanbeyan and Coffs Harbour in addition to the current Family Care Centres Nepean, Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Albury Wodonga and in metropolitan Sydney at Belmore, Willoughby and Wollstonecraft.
“The Tresillian team is thrilled be able to support more families across the state, and we thank the NSW Government for their support with this,” Tresillian’s CEO, Robert Mills said.
Families seeking early parenting support can call Tresillian’s Parent’s Help Line on 1300 272 736 for advice from a Tresillian nurse or chat online with Tresillian Live Advice nurses, open 5pm to 11pm Monday to Friday. For further advice, tips and support visit www.tresillian.org.au