19 February 2021

Families along the Mid North Coast who are struggling with parenting challenges can now access additional support at the new Tresillian Residential Unit – the first of its kind in regional Australia.

Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women Bronnie Taylor said the eight-bed residential unit co-located with the maternity unit at Macksville Hospital will provide specialist child and family health services for new parents needing extra support.

“Having a new baby can bring a whole host of complex and unexpected challenges. This ground-breaking regional unit will change the lives of new parents who are struggling,” Mrs Taylor said.

“Mums and dads across the mid-North Coast will now have access specialist help with settling, feeding, emotional wellbeing and toddler behavioral issues without having to travel long distances to get the help they need.

“The NSW Government is building a safer, stronger regional NSW and this starts with better healthcare for the regions.”

Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey said the extra support will ensure people living in the region have quick and easy access to support.

“This is fantastic news for local families, who can now access a purpose-designed facility which will ensure that they are practically and expertly supported through their early parenting journey,” Mrs Pavey said.

Mid North Coast Local Health District Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick said the Tresillian Residential Unit will have suites for up to four families and would support around 360 individuals a year.

“The opening of this unit will provide an additional support for families as we deliver contemporary health services to the local community,” Mr Dowrick said.

Tresillian Chief Executive Officer Robert Mills said the service will provide accessible services to rural and regional families, with a focus on achieving optimal child health and wellbeing outcomes while building parents' confidence.

“Tresillian is committed to providing more services for families in rural and regional areas, close to home in their local communities,” Mr Mills said.

“The new service, in partnership with the Mid North Coast Local Health District, will provide invaluable support for families who can stay in the purpose-built Residential Unit, receiving help and support from our experienced team.”

The multidisciplinary Tresillian team includes specialist Child and Family Health Nurses working closely with medical officers, local perinatal mental health services and Aboriginal Health Workers.

The Residential Unit adds to the network of Tresillian services across the Mid North Coast, including the Tresillian Coffs Harbour Family Care Centre and the Tresillian2U mobile service – a purpose-built van which travels to communities to offer further personalised care and support.

Families seeking parenting support can call Tresillian’s Parent’s Help Line on 1300 272 736 Monday to Friday. For more advice, tips and support visit Tresillian Family Care Centres.

The NSW Government is investing $10.2 million over four years to fund Tresillian and Karitane to extend access to virtual residential parenting services and evaluate service delivery.