New parents across the region will have access to increased specialised support thanks to funding to enable Tresillian and Gidget Foundation Australia to open a new Regional Family Care Centre in Cowra.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP welcomed the announcement and said the Centre would be a vital addition to local support services and programs.

“Caring for a newborn doesn’t always go as expected and this new Centre will provide crucial expert care for mum, dad and bub when the going gets tough,” Ms Cooke said.

“We want parents across the Cowra region and further afield to feel supported to give them and their child the best start in life.”

“The stand alone Centre will provide day services to young families including individual consultations and parent education programs.”

Ms Cooke said the Centre is an exciting first step, with the campaign for a Tresillian Residential Unit as part of the Cowra Hospital redevelopment set to continue.

“It is fantastic to have this new Centre locked in, and I will continue to fight for a Tresillian Residential facility as part of the Cowra Hospital redevelopment, as a natural extension of Tresillian day services.”

Minister for Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the local centre would benefit the whole community.

“We know that up to 50 per cent of mums whose babies have sleeping or feeding issues, suffer from post-natal anxiety and depression. This centre will have Tresillian nurses and a Gidget Foundation mental health clinician working together to help the baby and parents,” Mrs Taylor said.

“I know how difficult it can be adjusting to life with a newborn and having services like this close to home really will be life changing for local families.”

The 6 new Regional Family Care Centres will be located in Goulburn, Grafton, Armidale, Griffith, Cowra and Muswellbrook. They will complement the existing centres in Queanbeyan, Coffs Harbour, Dubbo, Taree and Broken Hill, which have provided more than 14,000 services to families in the past two years.

Purpose-built Tresillian2U vans will also travel to local communities from their bases in Kempsey, Tweed, Bathurst, Queanbeyan and Inverell and will offer further personalised care and support.

Tresillian is the largest early parenting service in Australia, providing advice, support and evidence-based programs to families in the early years as well as leadership and support for other agencies and organisations.

Gidget Foundation Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that helps new and expectant parents to receive specialist care through a range of programs, including face-to-face and telehealth psychological counselling by experienced perinatal clinicians.