Family and early parenting support

Family Services will work with your family and develop an action plan to build on your family’s strengths. Depending on your needs, Family Services may work with other services. Workers may come and see you, provide support at home, bring other family members together to talk things through, or provide counselling.

Early parenting services will support you as parents from pregnancy until your child is four years old. If your family needs more support to care for your baby or toddler, specialist support, counselling and advice services are available. This may include education and skills development programs.

Early parenting centres, such as Mercy Health O’Connell Family Centre, Queen Elizabeth Centre, Tweddle Child and Family Health Service, provide experienced parenting support:

  • Day stay services - an intensive day program for support in the early parenting phase
  • Residential services - a centre-based intensive parenting program, where you stay at the centre for five days to build up your parenting skills (Canterbury, Noble Park, Footscray)
  • Home-based services - where skilled staff visit you in your home to work one-on-one with you in parenting skills and education
  • Group services - group-based programs, where you attend sessions with other parents and children, are designed to improve relationships and interaction between you and your child.

Early Parenting Centres Board of Management - Information for Applicants

Expressions of interest are sought from the Minister of Health, the Hon David Davis MLC, for non-executive members of the Board of Management (board) of Tweddle Child and Family Health Service in Footscray and Queen Elizabeth Centre in Noble Park, from 1 July 2013.

The Queen Elizabeth Centre (QEC) and Tweddle are public hospitals under the Health Services Act 1988 (Vic).

As early parenting centres, QEC and Tweddle provide intensive parenting support to vulnerable children and their families, from late-term pregnancy to pre-school.

Submission of applications

Applications must be submitted by 23 January 2013 in the prescribed form, be marked “In Confidence”, and addressed to the “Chairperson of the Selection Panel”.

All shortlisted applicants will be required to undergo employment safety screening. This involves establishing proof of identity and consenting to a National Police Records Check.

Associated documents

Guidelines for applicants including selection criteria, application forms, terms and conditions of appointment, time commitments and board expectations are available from the following links:

Contacts for further information

Tweddle – Ms Jacquie O'Brien, CEO
Telephone: (03) 8387 0607

Queen Elizabeth Centre – Ms Athina Georgiou, CEO
Telephone: (03) 9549 2716

Resources - Department of Health (external link, opens in new window)

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