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 Prof. Helen Skouteris, and Prof. Jeannette Milgrom AM is the Exceutive Director. Its members include Ms. Sarah Jones (Treasurer), Ms. Barbara Wellesley AM, Ms. Jennifer Ericksen, Ms. Leonie Young, Mr. Brad Ward and Prof. Lyn Littlefield OAM. Located at Austin Health, Medical Director supports the Board as the hospital nominee.
PIRI Board Members
Prof. Helen Skouteris
Appointed to Board in 2017, appointed Chair of the Board in 2018
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.
Prof. Jeannette Milgrom AM
Appointed Executive Director of the Parent-Infant Research Institute in 2001
Jeannette Milgrom established the Parent‐Infant Research Institute (PIRI) in 2001 conducting basic and applied research (ante and postnatal depression, anxiety, prematurity, screening, CDSS, and developing psychological treatments – mothers, fathers and babies).
Jeannette is also Professor of Psychology, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne and Director of Clinical and Health Psychology, Austin Health, Melbourne. She has supervised 9 PhD, 17 D.Psych, 8 MA/Sc, and 5 BGrad Dip students. She is recipient and CI on over 80 research grants (including 5 NHMRC and 1 NIH) and author of 8 books, 19 chapters and 147 scientific articles
Ms Sarah Jones
Appointed to Board in 2017 and Treasurer in December 2017
Sarah Jones 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
Appointed to Board in 2001
Jennifer Ericksen is a Consultant Senior Clinical Psychologist, Program and Training Manager at the Parent-Infant Research Institute, Austin Health. She has specialized 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 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.
Ms Barbara Wellesley AM
Appointed to Board in 2009, appointed Chair of the Board 2017 – 2018
Barbara Wellesley is currently Convenor of the Early Years Chapter of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Young People (ARACY) and President of Contact Inc. since 2014.
Barbara was the co-founder and National Director (1997-2007) of Good Beginnings, Australia. Other previous positions have included:
Leonie Young, NGO & Public Sector Consultant
Appointed to Board in 2011, appointed Chair of the Board 2014 – 2017
Leonie is currently Deputy Chair, Australian Gynaecological Research Foundation; Director, Grow Australia. She was formerly National Chair, Grow Australia; Director, The Hobart Clinic; Director, Rural Alive & Well (RAW); CEO & Director, beyondblue.
She has over 30 years’ experience in health, mental health and primary care reform as a successful CEO, Board Director, NGO and public sector executive.
Appointed to Board in 2019
Company Director of Medical Minds Pty Ltd, a leading strategic marketing and brand development organisation for medical and health care professionals. He has a national reputation for helping to deliver strategic marketing and advertising solutions for health care professionals and organisations using marketing science and social science research. Brad is also a marketing researcher and academic with a keen interest in consumer psychology, practice led research, service innovation, digital marketing and emerging digital technologies.
Brad is a Certified Practicing Marketer and member of:
Professor Lyn Littlefield OAM
Appointed to Board in 2019
Recently retired as the Executive Director of the Australian Psychological Society. Previously the Head of the School of Psychological Science at La Trobe University and the Inaugural Director of the Victorian Parenting Centre. Extensively involved in many Federal Government Advisory Committees to do with mental health and had leadership roles in KidsMatter and HeadSpace, as well as being instrumental in obtaining funding for psychologists to deliver mental health services under Medicare. Lyn is a clinical child and family psychologist and was awarded an OAM for “service to the welfare of children and families, and the development and advancement of training and education in the field of child, adolescent and family psychology.”
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.