Two new inpatient beds have been included as part of a dedicated Tresillian residential inpatient service under the $110.2 million redevelopment of Cowra Hospital.
The expansion of these services means the new Cowra health facility can provide parents and carers in the area with professional support in the early years of parenting.
Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she first called for a Tresillian Residential Unit for Cowra in August 2020 after touring the new Tresillian unit at the $73 million redeveloped Macksville Hospital. Discussions then followed with Tresillian CEO Robert Mills about the benefits of having this local and dedicated specialised service provided in the region.
“Having this service means new and expectant parents in Cowra and the Central West region will no longer have to travel to Sydney or Canberra for specialised support. It’s wonderful to see this support closer to home for so many,” Ms Cooke said.
Tresillian is a not-for-profit helping parents and carers of newborns, toddlers, and pre-schoolers experiencing sleep difficulties, feeding problems, supporting multiple babies and toddler behaviour challenges, whilst also focusing on the emotional wellbeing of the family.
Since 2018 the NSW Government has committed $14.4 million to establish five new Tresillian Family Care Centre Hubs across the state, 6 Regional Family Care Centres (including Cowra), 5 ‘Tresillian 2U’ vans to provide mobile community support to families with infants and children, and resourcing for the Macksville residential unit.
The Tresillian Family Care Centre at Cowra is set to be officially opened later this year, with staff already taking individual referrals and holding group sessions.
Families seeking parenting support can call Tresillian’s Parent’s Help Line on 1300 272 736 Monday to Friday.
For more information, including advice, tips and support please visit www.tresillian.org.au