We continue to work with perinatal and infant mental health stakeholders to develop a systematic approach to improving the mental health and wellness of expectant and new parents.
Our work focuses on enhanced service system interactions during pregnancy and into the first year after birth. This includes expectant and new mothers and their families experiencing mental health difficulties, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Our work also encompasses interactions with clinical personnel, non-government organisations, and peer workers with lived experience of perinatal mental health recovery.
Perinatal mental health and wellness project
We provided funding to the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health to lead components of the Perinatal Mental Health and Wellness Project involving:
- clinical personnel (including midwives and perinatal mental health workers)
- people with a lived experience of perinatal mental illness in education and peer support groups.
Women’s Health Queensland Wide Inc. were provided $83,000 to lead the components aimed at strengthening the role for the non-government sector in supporting mental health and wellness among expectant and new parents, their infants and families through collaboration with public maternity services and people with a lived experience of perinatal mental illness.
Queensland Health addressed the need for increased perinatal and infant mental health services in its Connecting care to recovery services plan.
Service enhancement discussion paper
We released the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Service Enhancement Discussion Paper in 2014, focusing on the need to strengthen clinical perinatal and infant mental health services across Queensland.
The report also drew on data published in the Maternal and Perinatal Morbidity in Queensland (2013) report published by the Queensland Maternal and Perinatal Quality Council. The discussion paper noted that the adequacy of investment in community support and education programs by the non-government sector had not been considered in that report.
We asked for community views on the priorities outlined in the discussion paper. Opportunities for strengthening other services and community-based supports.
The report Community views on Perinatal Infant Mental Health Services and community views summary outlines the community responses received.