Great news for new parents on the mid north coast … you will soon have access to a new support service thanks to a partnership between the NSW Government and Tresillian – with a $475,000 hub to open later this year.
The partnership, announced as part of the 2018-19 NSW Budget, will bring five new Family Care Centre Hubs to regional and rural NSW, including Coffs Harbour, Queanbeyan, Dubbo, Taree and Broken Hill.
The Coffs Harbour hub will host a team of health professionals, including specialist child and family health nurses, providing comprehensive services for families facing challenges in the early parenting period.
Tresillian CEO Robert Mills said the organisation is proud to partner with the NSW Government to bring this essential service to the Coffs Harbour region.
“We already have seven services across NSW, with three of these being in regional NSW, and we expect more than 1,300 families will benefit from the new Coffs Harbour services,” Mr Mills said.
One of our priorities is to continue extending our reach into regional and rural communities where new parents may feel isolated and unsupported.Tresillian CEO Robert Mills
“We intend to deliver this Family Care Centre Hub from a facility close to the Coffs Harbour CBD, where it can be easily accessed by families so they can get the help they need.”
Member for Coffs Harbour Andrew Fraser said the NSW Government was committed to helping vulnerable families during the critical early stages of their baby’s life.
“Having to travel long distances to access child health services can add to the challenges and stress many of us experience in those early days of a child’s life,” Mr Fraser said.
“That’s why it’s so critical that local mums and dads can get the support they need right here in Coffs Harbour.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, Leslie Williams said the partnership with Tresillian is worth $2.2 million each year for the next four years.
“Local families will be able to access comprehensive assessment, consultation and management of early parenting challenges, home based services and early intervention,” Mrs Williams said.
Tresillian has been providing intensive early parenting support to families of NSW since 1918.