Steph Cooke

New Tresillian Residential Unit For Cowra

Written by: The Cowra Phoenix

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IMAGE: Steph Cooke MP with Tresillian Cowra Nursing Unit Manager Rochelle Longhurst.

New parents seeking specialist care and support in the early years of parenting will have access to services closer to home, with inpatient beds for Tresillian secured as part of the $110.2 million Cowra Hospital redevelopment.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the expanded project scope includes two beds dedicated to a new Tresillian residential inpatient service.

“It is terrific that the new Cowra health facility will have the scope to provide parents and carers in the broader central west with access to professional support much closer home,” Ms Cooke said.

Ms Cooke said the two inpatient beds will be a welcome addition to the Tresillian day service established at Cowra over the past 12 months and the Tresillian2U mobile van to be based in Bathurst.

“I 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.”

Tresillian CEO Rob Mills said it is fantastic the organisation will further expand their footprint in regional NSW, providing professional advice, education and guidance to regional families in partnership with the Western NSW Local Health District.

“Previously anyone in western NSW wishing to access a Tresillian Residential Unit needed to travel to Sydney. We are really looking forward to working on ensuring locals have a joyous and fulfilling parenting experience.”

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. In 2021-22 Tresillian received a further $12.2 million over 2 years to establish 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 https://www.tresillian.org.au/

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