PIRI was built on 18 years of clinical and research work undertaken through the Infant Clinic, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Austin Health. PIRI consists of a dedicated group of clinical, academic and research staff whose aim is to provide world-class services to women and their families, support health professionals and conduct research in the area of parent and infant mental health.

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.

Founding Members, PIRI

Mr Graeme Woolacott OAM
Former Board Member and PIRI Chair

Graeme Woolacott was a founder and is a long-standing member of the PIRI Board. He was Chairman of the Board 2008-14. Previously Graeme was Director of the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund serving on National and International Read more…

Mr Lance Coburn
Former Treasurer and PIRI Chair

Lance Coburn brought to PIRI his experience as an industry executive having previously been Group General Manager and Senior Vice President, Finance, BHP Minerals; President BHP Steel (USA) and Group General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, International Division BHP Steel among other senior appointments. Vale Lance Coburn. Read more…

Garry Evans
Former Inaugural PIRI Chair

Private consultant and recently retired Group General Manager BHP Group Services, BHP Company Limited 1997-98. Previously held positions as Group General Manager Human Resources and External Affairs, 1992-97, BHP Steel; Group General Manager Human Resources and Corporate Affairs 1990-91, Read more…

Mr Graeme Henshaw
Former Secretary, PIRI

Graeme Henshaw was a partner with the legal firm Allens Arthur Robinson. He acted for the Australian Red Cross Society and MECWA Community Care and undertook work for major Australian and international corporations. He was also a past member of the Law Institute Conveyancing Committee.

Previous Board Members


Dr Linda Mellors PhD, BA, BSc (Hons)
Former Board Member, PIRI

Linda Mellors was the Executive Director Mercy Public Hospitals Inc. Dr Mellors has worked in the Victorian public health system for over ten years, holding executive roles for the last eight years including hospital operational management, strategic planning, business development, research governance, corporate governance and company secretary. Dr Mellors holds a PhD in medical research in the field of cardiac physiology.

Ms Felicity Broadbent
Former Board Member, PIRI

Felicity Broadbent was a a public relations professional with 15 years experience and a mother of two young children. She has considerable experience in both public and private health care. Felicity has won state, national and international awards for her work including Read more…

Ms Erina Reddan
Former Board Member, PIRI

Erina was employed as the strategy director for Media Manoeuvres when she joined the Board, and her experience was on development and delivery of high level media strategy for clients, coaching senior personnel in media skills, and providing Read more…

Sheena Scholten
Former Board Member, PIRI

Sheena Scholten was a nursing professional with valuable experience after 20 years service in Victorian public hospitals. She has been a Director of Services and Service Planning for North Eastern Women’s Health, Mercy Hospital for Women and for Mercy Health. She was Director and/or Deputy Director of Nursing for Queen Victoria Medical Centre; Western General Hospital, Mercy Hospital for Women and for Mercy Health and Aged Care. She has also served on the Boards and on the Executives of Mercy Hospital and Mercy Health.

A.H. (Tony) Barnes
Former Board Member, PIRI

A seasoned executive with extensive experience at senior levels in the corporate world with a well developed understanding of the requirements for sound financial management of organisations and demonstrable leadership and people management skills. Tony had a successful career in finance and accounting spanning nearly forty years, thirteen of which at the level of Chief Financial Officer (CFO), within BHP and Zinifex. He has held the position of CFO for the Petroleum division of BHP for six years and Read more…

Wendy Peter B Juris, LLB (Hons), LLM
Former Board Member, PIRI

Wendy is currently employed at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). She was previously a partner of the national law firm Allens Arthur Robinson beginning in 1990, and specialised in competition and regulatory law. She is currently a director of the Phillip Island Penguin Foundation and Melbourne Girls Grammar, an Anglican School, and a member of the Monash Law Foundation fundraising committee and the advisory boards of the Monash University Centre Read more…