The Research and impact
Tresillian assists close to 80,000 families with a baby or young child each year. The support, care and confidence provided by Tresillian Family Care Centres [opens external site] enables parents of young children across Australia to raise their children within their own cultural context and values.
The research collaboration between Tresillian and the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health has greatly contributed to the advancement of child and family health knowledge using research evidence. Drawing on this evidence, Tresillian continues to engage, educate and support families in Australia with their up to date parenting information, links to resources, assistance and support for parents during the early years of raising their children.
Current research projects include:
- Paediatric International Nursing Study (PINS) is an international pilot project that investigates the use of eight core key performance indicators (KPIs) in the development of person centred nursing in paediatric settings. The Tresillian component of this project supports the introduction of team nursing using practice development within the Tresillian residential units.
- Tresillian Infant Feeding Study investigates parental sensitivity to infant cues. The aim is to identify the relationships between maternal responsiveness in feeding, infant eating behaviour and infant weight.
- Evaluation of a postnatal depression therapy group intervention is a current study that aims to identify the effectiveness of postnatal depression therapy groups developed and facilitated by Tresillian
Tresillian is strongly linked with the University of Technology through the sponsorship of the Tresillian Chair held by Professor Cathrine Fowler within CMCFH. Many current and past research projects have been supported through this sponsorship participation.
Tresillian and UTS collaborate with other organisations and universities such as Corrective Services NSW and the Western Sydney University. For example, the Breaking the Cycle for Incarcerated parents is a recent Corrective Services NSW, UTS and Tresillian collaborative research.
The partnership has enabled the development of research capacity of Tresillian’s clinical staff and increased Tresillian’s state, national and international research profile. Research collaborations have extended internationally to research in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Jordan. The Parenting Young Children in a Digital World was a joint project between UTS, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Tresillian.