Our Board

The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) was incorporated in March 2001 with its own Board, whose role is to help set the objective and facilitate the achievements of PIRI by providing experience and knowledge to assist in PIRI’s development, to act as a guiding body and strategic directions assist with fundraising and to improve community awareness and networking. Prof Jeannette Milgrom is the Executive Director and founder of PIRI. The Board is chaired by Ms Barbara Wellesley AM, and Prof Jeannette Milgrom AM is the Exceutive Director. Its members include Ms Sarah Jones (Treasurer), Ms Jennifer Ericksen, Prof Helen Skouteris, Ms Leonie Young. Located at Austin Health, Medical Director supports the Board as the hospital nominee

PIRI Board Members

Professor Jeannette Milgrom AM
Executive Director, PIRI

Jeannette Milgrom is Professor of Psychology, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne and Director of Clinical and Health Psychology at Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia. Jeannette pioneered ‘The Infant Clinic’ and in 2001 established the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) focusing on high-risk infants, postnatal depression, and developing psychological treatments. She has had international recognition for her work with mothers and babies, and her book on treating postnatal depression has been translated Read more…

Ms Barbara Wellesley AM
Chairperson, PIRI

Barbara Wellesley was the co-founder and National Director (1997-2007) of Good Beginnings, Australia. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours in 2006, for her services to child health and nursing, (particularly the services to Good Beginnings). She is currently the Convenor of the Early Years Chapter of the Australian Research Alliance of children and Young People (ARACY), , Director of Decided Advantage (social research consultancy), ongoing member Read more…



Ms Sarah Jones
Treasurer, PIRI

Sarah is a qualified Accountant (CPA) and Financial Services specialist who has successfully led Finance, Risk and IT Teams and delivered complex regulatory, data and reporting projects by using her superior leadership and stakeholder management skills supported by over 15 years’ experience as an Accountant and Project Manager. She also holds a Business Degree, MBA and is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Sarah spent over 8 years living in the UK working for large Banks such as RBS and Barclays, returning home at the end of 2015 to start a family.

Ms Jennifer Ericksen
Board Member, PIRI

Jennifer Ericksen is a Consultant Senior Clinical Psychologist, Program and Training Manager at the Parent-Infant Research Institute, Austin Health. She has specialised in developing and evaluating clinical interventions for mothers and fathers experiencing anxiety and depression during the child bearing years. Jennie has provided training to Maternal and Child Health Nurses, Psychologists, General Practitioners and Midwives and was previously Manager of Perinatal Mental Health Services and training at Austin Health. She has worked in various roles at Austin Health including Manager of Perinatal Mental Health Services and also with PIRI over the past 22 years, contributed to the development of a number of PIRI programs and has an interest in seeing these translated into practice.





Professor Helen Skouteris
Board Member, PIRI

Helen Skouteris is the Monash Warwick Alliance Professor of Healthcare Improvement and Implementation Science at Monash University. Helen is focused on establishing long term collaborative research and education/training programs in healthcare improvement, implementation science/health services research, working with colleagues from the Monash Centre for Health Research (where Helen is based), Monash University, Warwick University, Monash Partners and beyond. Helen has a strong track record in longitudinal multi-factorial research, randomised controlled trials, implementation research and higher degree research supervision. Her work has been focused extensively on maternal and child health, as well as on social service and educational sector improvement that translates to better health outcomes for infants, children, young people, parents and families and is critical to transforming policy across these sectors.

Leonie Young NGO & Public Sector Consultant
Board member, PIRI
  • Extensive 20 years experience in health and primary care reform as a successful CEO, Board Director, NGO and public sector executive. Bachelor Health Education & Science, University of Canberra, 1990.
  • Formerly CEO and Board Director of beyondblue: the national depression initiative (July 2003 – December 2010); played strong role in Australia’s mental health reforms, including improving community awareness, consumer and carer participation,Read more…

Ms Barbara Frazer
Minute Secretary & Manager, PIRI

Barbara Frazer has had extensive experience at Austin Health in administration and project management. She has played a major part in the preparation work necessary to incorporate PIRI and continues to play a key role in plans for development.