ADJOURNMENT | EARLY PARENTING CENTRES

Early Parenting Centres – Kaushaliya Vaghela MP

EARLY PARENTING CENTRESWe are ensuring that new parents are supported in the Western Metropolitan Region.We are opening a new early parenting centre in Wyndham. The centre in Wyndham will support around 690 families each year.Tweddle Australia in Footscray will also receive funds towards refurbishment.In the Victorian budget 2019–20, funding of $135.1 million has been provided for nine new and upgraded early parenting centres, which will ensure parents are supported when it comes to sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs.#KaushaliyaMP

Posted by Kaushaliya Vaghela MP on Thursday, 20 June 2019

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) (18:29:00): My adjournment matter is directed to the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, the Honourable Jenny Mikakos. Sleep and settling is one of the biggest challenges facing new parents, with around one in two parents reporting problems with their child’s sleep. This can lead to postnatal depression, isolation and stress for parents and can impact a child’s behavioural, mental and physical development. In the Victorian budget 2019–20 funding of $135.1 million has been provided for nine new and upgraded early parenting centres, which will ensure parents are supported when it comes to sleeping, feeding and extra care for babies with additional needs. We have two such centres within my electorate of Western Metropolitan Region, including the Tweddle Child and Family Health Service in Footscray, which will receive $9 million towards a refurbishment, and a completely new centre to be built in Wyndham. These centres will deliver a range of critical services, including day-stay sleep programs and longer residential stays. The centre in Wyndham will support around 690 families each year. The action I seek from the minister is that during the designing phase of this new early parenting centre feedback is sought from the families in my electorate about the types of services new parents will find beneficial on their parenting journey.