One Hundred Dads project
Attention Dads in Melbourne’s North and West!
Tweddle Child & Family Health Service, in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, are set to launch the second round of Working Out Dads, a ground-breaking parenting program for dads of children aged 0-4 living and working in and around Wyndham, Brimbank, Melton, Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay and Moreland.
The first groups will commence in June in Wyndham on Monday nights at Eagle Stadium and Thursday nights at the Sunshine Leisure Centre.
The program’s key funding partners, the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW) and The Bennelong Foundation are joined by community sponsors Hede Architects, Alan Mance Motors, The CWA of Footscray, The Seddon Community Bank (Bendigo Bank) and Mr Craig Rowley, proud dad and resident of Melbourne’s west.
Working Out Dads is a free after-hours therapeutic parenting program for dads, held in fitness centres across six western and northern regions of Melbourne. The program features facilitated discussion and exercise, handouts and text messages. Themes cover parenting, relationships, mental health, fitness and well-being.
The objective of Working Out Dads is to connect, support and strengthen the capacity of dads in the very early years of parenting. There is also a goal to become less isolated and more resilient and supportive during the transition to early parenting and to promote healthy lifestyle choices.
Working Out Dads will be evaluated by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Dads will be asked to complete surveys on three occasions; before they begin the program, after the complete the program and a final survey 3 months later. Participants will receive a $25 gift card at the completion of each of the three survey occasions.
The Working Out Dads evaluation aims to address a significant gap in knowledge about the effectiveness of early intervention and prevention approaches to promote the health and well-being of fathers in the early years of parenting, to inform policy and best practice in promoting the mental health of fathers and the prevention of family conflict.
Run by a male facilitator, Working Out Dads works on:
- Developing parenting skills and confidence and building positive relationships with your child
- Juggling the needs of your family, work and your own needs
- The changing dynamics of relationships and how to maintain positive adult relationships
- Managing stress and pressure and practical ways to cope when things get tough
- Working on your health, fitness and well-being for you, your child and your family
Wyndham Dates : 6 Monday nights (June 4, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16)
Brimbank Dates : 6 Thursday nights (June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12)
Thank you to the following organisations and individuals;
Key Funding Partners
- Mr Craig Rowley, resident of Melbourne’s west and a dad
Why help dads?
Conclusive, compelling research confirms dads play a significant role in the social, cognitive, emotional and physical well-being of their children from infancy with lasting influences into their adult life.
The first year after having a baby is a period when some fathers are at risk of isolation and psychological challenges. Fathering research conducted at Tweddle in 2012 by the Parenting Research Centre showed the majority of fathers admitted to a residential program had mental health symptoms, and one in five men were experiencing clinically significant levels of distress.
Feedback from the first Working Out Dads round included;
“I will be able to seek help when I find it difficult”
“It was great being able to share experiences and hear other dads are facing the same problems so we’re not alone”
“I have learnt that the challenges that I will face in the future as a parent are normal and that I just need to learn to manage them”
“I have an awareness of how to communicate effectively with all those around me in particular my partner”
“I’ve learned about my stress and about talking to my partner and child more”
‘Babies and young children need engaged, supported dads for better life outcomes’