A new Tresillian centre is set to provide young families in Griffith and the surrounding region with increased access to intensive early parenting support services.
The Tresillian services in the Griffith Family Care Centre were launched on 6 July by Member for Murray Helen Dalton and NSW Regional Health Minister Ryan Park.
It is one of seven Tresillian Family Care Centres and five mobile vans allocated an additional $12.2 million in funding over two years from July 2023.
Tresillian CEO Rob Mills said the centre’s clinicians would be able to provide face-to-face and virtual consultation for young families.
He added that Tresillian clinicians would also be able to connect families with co-located perinatal mental health counselling services through Gidget House.
“Tresillian is the largest early parenting service in Australia, providing advice, support and evidence-based programs to families in the early years,” Mr Mills said.
“Tresillian’s services have transformed the lives of thousands of Australian families, so we’re thrilled to be working in partnership with the NSW Government, the Murrumbidgee Local Health District and Gidget Foundation Australia to ensure every child has the best start in life.”
Mr Park said adjusting to life with a new baby could be overwhelming for young parents and access to Tresillian services close to home could be life-changing.
“New parents often face challenges whether that be with feeding or settling a baby, toddler behaviour or perinatal anxiety and depression, which is why the support Tresillian offers is so important in the early childhood years,” Mr Park said.
Ms Dalton was pleased with the outcome.
“With funding for the Rural and Regional Family Care Centres due to expire on the 30th of June 2023, Mr Park and I found a solution to allocate the required funding to help build Tresillian’s new permanent facility,” Ms Dalton said.
“This is a great result and Lynne Shelton, the nursing unit manager at Tresillian, and Karen Garzoli, our child and family health nurse and midwife, have worked tirelessly to provide this incredible service for local families in Griffith.”
Tresillian Griffith is located at 101 Binya Street, Griffith and operates Monday to Friday.
To book a visit to Tresillian Griffith, parents can either self-refer by completing a short form on the Tresillian website or ask their local GP or NSW Health child and family health nurse for a referral.
Families seeking parenting support can also call Tresillian’s Parent’s Help Line on 1300 272 736, Monday to Friday.
For more advice, tips and support visit Tresillian Family Care Centres.