Workshops & Training Opportunities

Training for Health Professionals

PIRI is involved in cutting edge clinical research, service provision and has increasingly been involved in the dissemination of information and training for other health professionals involved in the pathway of care for these families.

PIRI has been very actively involved in providing training to Maternal & Child Health Nurses, Midwives, General Practitioners, Psychologists and other health professionals.

We have an ongoing commitment to provide clinical placement for doctoral and masters psychology students from La Trobe University, Swinburne, Australian Catholic University, Deakin, Melbourne University and RMIT.

We have also had international placements from Indonesia, France, Italy and Sweden.

We are proud to be able to offer a range of training workshops for health professionals wanting to run our programs on request (listed below) and an annual Training Calendar with PIRI staff and invited speakers. All topics will be available from Austin Health or if there are sufficient numbers, training can be provided to you at your work place. Specific topics of interest can also be accommodated by arrangement.

Training Calendar

To register for a workshop or for more information contact  ph: (03) 9496 4496 or email:

Treating Postnatal Depression Workshop

Cost: $660 (incl GST)


  • To review and develop basic skills in the assessment of postnatal depression
  • To understand key theories of postnatal depression
  • To build on existing CBT skills required to run the Treating Postnatal Depression Program
  • To review the published manual and discuss ways of extending the program as required
  • To develop approaches for individual work with mothers and infants, based on Treating Postnatal Depression Program principles
  • To introduce attendees to mother-infant and interactional observation skills

For more information, please contact us: (03) 9496 4496

Mother Infant Interactions Workshop

Cost: $330.00 (incl GST)


  • To develop mother infant interaction observation skills, compare various assessment tools and introduce the HUGS intervention program for infants of women with postnatal depression.
  • To understand key components of a ‘good enough’ interaction and the impact of postnatal depression.
  • Practice observational skills required to assess the relationship.
  • To introduce an approach for intervening with mothers and infants following Postnatal Depression the HUGS Program.

For more information, please contact us: (03) 9496 4496

EPDS: When and how to use it, acceptability and psychosocial risk factors

Training workshop by Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI).

An assessment package to increase knowledge and skill in identifying perinatal mood disturbance using the EPDS.

Learning Outcomes:
  • How to effectively use the EPDS
  • Interpreting scores and giving feedback
  • How to implement the EPDS into routine care
  • Acceptability of using the EPDS
  • Assessment of broader psychosocial risk factors
  • Risk assessment
  • The addition of a formal diagnostic assessment for depression or anxiety
  • Knowledge of pathways to care and onward referral

Workshop evaluation is given to participants to assess satisfaction and usefulness.

This half day workshop is targeted at:
  • GPs
  • Midwives
  • Maternal Child Health Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
For more information:

Contact Jennie Ericksen on Ph: (03) 9496 4496