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Parental mental health – a key factor in a child’s first 1000 days

Parental mental health – a key factor in a child’s first 1000 days

PIRI is partnering with the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth to deliver this important Summit in Melbourne on the 11th and 12th of March, 2020. Professor Jeannette Milgrom, PIRI's Executive Director will join thought leaders and panellists and provide a Closing Address on Day 1. PIRI staff Jennifer Ericksen and Catherine Acton will have an active role in synthesizing themes that arise.
The Summit 2020, will aim to involve delegates to provide a blueprint for early childhood wellbeing for the next 10+ years.Read more...

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We understand new and expectant parents may feel concerned about COVID-19. Here at PIRI we are continuing to offer digital (via MumSpace) and telehealth options to support families. Amidst the challenging times, a helpful reminder that you can still get the help you need.

The Parent-Infant Research Institute and MumSpace remain committed to supporting the emotional wellbeing of mothers, fathers and babies, during pregnancy and in the postnatal period

Join our Research Study:

  • Beating the Blues before Birth (BBB), our study on cognitive behavioural therapy for depression during pregnancy may be suitable for you.

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PIRI has more treatment options available for parents and families.
Find the right option for you: click here.


Each year over 60,000 Australian women suffer antenatal and/or postnatal depression, and the figures are likely to be just as high for anxiety. The estimated lifetime costs are over 7 billion dollars.
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