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

Travelling the Yellow Brick Road ($330)

10th July 2019

  • 9.30-4:30 pm
  • By Carmel Ferretti (Clinical Psychologist)
  • 1 day workshop for professionals helping parents with their children making the transition to kinder or school
  • Download the registration form for 10th July 2019 (opens in new page) : Registration form TTYBRoad 10th July 2019
Facilitating Creative Play for Stressed Mothers and Infants ($165)

Further dates TBA

  • 9.30-1.30 pm
  • By Elizabeth Loughlin (Dance therapist and Social Worker)
  • 4  hour workshop is for professionals who work with mothers who have experienced mental health or social stress and who have less energy to play with their baby. The creative play approach is experienced and suggestions on how to organize a play space, choose music and support play are included.
  • Download the registration form (opens in new page)
Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression (GAPND) ($660)

Further dates TBA

  • 9.15–4.30 pm
  • By Ms Rachel Watts and Ms Jennifer Ericksen
  • 2 day workshop for professionals wanting to learn how to use cognitive behavioural therapy with women and their partners experiencing postnatal depression and anxiety. The program can be used in group therapy or individually.
  • Download the registration form (opens in new page) :
 Using music in mother baby groups ($165)

Thursday 22nd August 2019

  • 9.30-1.30 pm
  • By Elizabeth Loughlin (Dance therapist and Social Worker)
  • 4  hour workshop is for professionals who work with mother baby groups helping with connections.
  • Download the registration form (opens in new page) : Soon to be updated.
For more information:

Contact us on Ph: (03) 9496 4496