More About PIRI’s Treatment Trials

Current Treatment Trials Now Open for Recruitment

Online Treatment for Postnatal Depression

The MumMoodBooster internet-based program is already established as an effective treatment for postnatal depression and consists of six sequential interactive sessions, as well as additional information in the form of companion library articles. The program includes web support forums and participants are phoned once per week by a psychologist phone coach. The current study aims to compare in an RCT MumMoodBooster to traditional face-to-face psychological therapy and routine care (funded by NHMRC).

For more information on this ongoing study or to participate, go to https://www.facebook.com/MumMoodBooster or https://mummoodbooster.com.

HUGS: Supporting Mothers and Babies Following Postnatal Depression

HUGS is a group-based program that promotes the relationship between mother and baby following postnatal depression. This randomised trial compares HUGS against a traditional mother-infant playgroup for enhancing the relationship between mother and baby, following group-based treatment for postnatal depression (funded by beyondblue).

HUGS stands for Happiness, Understanding, Giving & Sharing

For more information on this ongoing study click here.

Community HUGS

A community trial evaluating a ten session therapeutic playgroup for enhancing the mother-infant relationship following postnatal depression and providing fathers with support (funded by Department of Social Services).

For more information on this ongoing study click here.

Recent Research Trials (Recruitment Now Closed)

Beating the Blues Before Birth

Beating the Blues before Birth (BBB) is an 8-session cognitive behavioural therapy program. It is designed for women experiencing depression during pregnancy and includes one couple session to provide partners with information, support and an opportunity to be involved in the therapeutic process.

BBB was developed by adapting PIRI’s evaluated treatment for Postnatal Depression and including relevant aspects from other PIRI programs and research. The treatment was tested in an RCT (funded by Bupa and Australia Rotary Health) and has been found to be extremely effective.

To download the Beating the Blues before Birth brochure click here.

PremieStart: Prematurity

Premature birth is often associated with multiple stressful experiences for the newborn at the very start of life. The PremieStart program was designed to protect and enhance infant neurodevelopment through early stress reduction. The study was a 6 year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial evaluating our eight-session sensitivity training program for parents of pre-term infants while babies are still in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council – NHMRC).

Click here for more information

Motivational Interviewing

A cluster randomised controlled trial examining whether a brief motivational interviewing intervention delivered by MCH nurses in the context of a routine postnatal screen improves uptake to treatment when women experience PND.

(Funded by Australian Rotary Health)

For more information on this ongoing study click here.