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A recent Monash University Jean Hailes Research Unit study into the Tweddle Day Stay Program examined the health, social circumstances and presenting needs of 115 clients attending the Tweddle Day stay Program. The study looked at parents with infants under 12 months old and assessed the parent mental health and infant behaviour outcomes and factors associated with program success. Results revealed that Day Stay participants’ mental health and their infants’ behaviours were significantly improved after their admission.
Recent Victorian State Government policy and legislative changes are intended to promote earlier intervention for vulnerable families and children. Tweddle’s Day Stay programs, which operate across 5 western locations across Victoria, have a focus on infant health and development and the promotion of parent-infant emotional attachment. The study, conducted by Heather Rowe, Sonia Mccallum, Minh Thi H Le and Renzo Vittorino concluded that the Day Stay Program offered important benefits for the prevention of more serious family problems and consequent health care cost savings