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PIRI’s 2023 End-of-Year Reflection

PIRI’s 2023 End-of-Year Reflection

We are incredibly proud of the progress we have made in 2023, and we are committed to continuing our work to ensure that all Aussie families have access to the support they need to thrive.

Referring to MumSpace and MumMoodBooster

Referring to MumSpace and MumMoodBooster

Referring to MumSpace and MumMoodBooster – a guide for Health Professionals. Women can self-refer to MumSpace and the MumMoodBooster treatment programs or health professionals can refer to MumMoodBooster via a dedicated Clinician Portal.

Celebrating 21 years

Celebrating 21 years

The Parent-Infant Research Institute’s (PIRI’s) 21 Year Anniversary event on October 27 was a heartfelt and memorable celebration bringing together PIRI clinicians and researchers, PIRI’s board and ambassador, Austin Health Executive and board members, senior researchers, health professionals and collaborators.

Perinatal Mental Health Supports in Rural, Regional and Remote Australia

Perinatal Mental Health Supports in Rural, Regional and Remote Australia

For people living in remote and rural Australia, the challenges of parenthood may be compounded by social isolation, extended wait list, lack of availability of mental health services and professionals, as well as the often-vast distances they may need to travel to access mental health services.

PIRI’s Successful NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Application

PIRI’s Successful NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Application

The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, recently announced the results of the 2022 NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) Grant Scheme. Professor Jeannette Milgrom (Director of PIRI) is CIA on a successful application, titled Science Translation for e-Psychological Perinatal Supports -STePPS CRE.

DadBooster trial is now open for recruitment

DadBooster trial is now open for recruitment

DadBooster is an online treatment program based on best-practice CBT and  years of clinical experience and controlled research about how to best reduce moderate to severe symptoms of depression. The DadBooster trial is now open for recruitment.

DadBooster offers online support for fathers experiencing depression

DadBooster offers online support for fathers experiencing depression

With the official launch of DadBooster just around the corner, ABC journalist Tania Scherf and broadcaster Andy Park teamed up to write a story and interview PIRI's Jeannette Milgrom about the importance of this program when supporting the mental and emotional health of fathers who are expecting or have a new baby.

PIRI Programs Rolled Out Across Italy

PIRI Programs Rolled Out Across Italy

The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) is recognised internationally, for its leading-edge research into perinatal depression and anxiety and translating research to practice. Evidence-based intervention programs, developed by the PIRI continue to be rolled out internationally.

PIRI Launches online interactive version of Towards Parenthood

PIRI Launches online interactive version of Towards Parenthood

The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) is excited to announce the launch of its Towards Parenthood online interactive workbook. Going digital extends the accessibility and reach of this program and makes treatment and supports available to more expectant and new parents, helping to address the urgent mental health needs of Australia’s newest and growing families.

Why PIRI is Dedicated to Building a Brighter Future

Why PIRI is Dedicated to Building a Brighter Future

Investing in PIRI is investing in a brighter future for everyone. We envision a world where every child gets the best start possible, a world where strong families become the foundation for strong communities.

Give the gift the makes a difference

Give the gift the makes a difference

Our work is driven by the belief that every child deserves a healthy start in life, and that supporting parents is essential to achieving this goal. Give the gift the makes a difference.

Helping someone you love

Helping someone you love

It can be hard to know what to do when someone is struggling. Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are many people who care about you and your loved one, and who want to help.

Taking care of our Carers

Taking care of our Carers

Sometimes it can feel impossible to get support (particularly when starting a family) because the needs of others can seem so immediate and important, so our needs slip to the bottom of the list.

Finding the right care for you

Finding the right care for you

Sometimes it can feel impossible to get support (particularly when starting a family) because the needs of others can seem so immediate and important, so our needs slip to the bottom of the list.

The transition into parenthood

The transition into parenthood

As we prepare for the arrival of our new family member, our lives undergo a profound transformation. Our homes evolve, our bodies change, and our minds adapt to this new chapter.

Barriers to reaching out for help

Barriers to reaching out for help

Are you overwhelmed by new routines, lifestyle changes, transitioning back to work, or the heartache of not being able to take their baby home? Getting support early is important.

When to seek professional help

When to seek professional help

Are you overwhelmed by new routines, lifestyle changes, transitioning back to work, or the heartache of not being able to take their baby home? Getting support early is important.

How to find and access your village

How to find and access your village

A village can provide parents with what they need to feel supported, accepted, nourished, cared-for and safe at the start and throughout their parenting journey.

Perinatal Mental Health Week 2023

Perinatal Mental Health Week 2023

Perinatal Mental Health Week (12-18 November 2023) uses one clear message ‘We’re here, uncover your village’ to connect expectant and new parents with the communities that can support them.

DadBooster trial is now open for recruitment

DadBooster trial is now open for recruitment

DadBooster is an online treatment program based on best-practice CBT and  years of clinical experience and controlled research about how to best reduce moderate to severe symptoms of depression. The DadBooster trial is now open for recruitment.

PIRI Launches online interactive version of Towards Parenthood

PIRI Launches online interactive version of Towards Parenthood

The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) is excited to announce the launch of its Towards Parenthood online interactive workbook. Going digital extends the accessibility and reach of this program and makes treatment and supports available to more expectant and new parents, helping to address the urgent mental health needs of Australia’s newest and growing families.

Free online support for new and expectant parents

Free online support for new and expectant parents

Social isolation, extended wait lists and living in regional communities can sometimes make it difficult to access more traditional perinatal support services. The good news is, support is now readily available through a suite of free and effective online programs.

Referring to MumSpace and MumMoodBooster

Referring to MumSpace and MumMoodBooster

Referring to MumSpace and MumMoodBooster – a guide for Health Professionals. Women can self-refer to MumSpace and the MumMoodBooster treatment programs or health professionals can refer to MumMoodBooster via a dedicated Clinician Portal.

PIRI’s Successful NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Application

PIRI’s Successful NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Application

The Hon. Mark Butler MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care, recently announced the results of the 2022 NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) Grant Scheme. Professor Jeannette Milgrom (Director of PIRI) is CIA on a successful application, titled Science Translation for e-Psychological Perinatal Supports -STePPS CRE.

PIRI Programs Rolled Out Across Italy

PIRI Programs Rolled Out Across Italy

The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) is recognised internationally, for its leading-edge research into perinatal depression and anxiety and translating research to practice. Evidence-based intervention programs, developed by the PIRI continue to be rolled out internationally.

Free online support for new and expectant parents

Free online support for new and expectant parents

Social isolation, extended wait lists and living in regional communities can sometimes make it difficult to access more traditional perinatal support services. The good news is, support is now readily available through a suite of free and effective online programs.

Towards Parenthood self-help workbook

Towards Parenthood self-help workbook

The impact a baby may have on the couple relationship is a key. Many men underestimate the enormity of this life change impacting not only on wellbeing, but managing sleep deprivation and extra demands whilst at the same time continuing a demanding work schedule.

Randomized Controlled Trial of MumMoodBooster

Randomized Controlled Trial of MumMoodBooster

Internet and Face-to-face Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Postnatal Depression Compared With Treatment as Usual: Randomized Controlled Trial of MumMoodBooster. Published in the Journal of Medical Research on 8.12.2021 in Vol 23, No 12 (2021): December

Help us develop tools for Dads

Help us develop tools for Dads

We are asking for men with partners who are pregnant or have recently had a baby and feeling OK, to help us understand how we can adapt digital tools to support men’s mental health as they make the transition to parenthood.

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness

Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness

Your MumSpace Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Kit contains social media tiles focussing on perinatal mental health and the support tools available. Please feel free to download these and share these via your networks.

Welcome to the PIRI blog, a place you’ll find the latest news, tips and advice for improving mental health during the perinatal period. The blog covers a wide range of topics related to parent-infant mental health, including:

  • Perinatal depression and anxiety
  • Infant development
  • Mother-infant relationships
  • Well-being of fathers in the perinatal period
  • Parenting tips and advice
  • Personal stories from parents and professionals

The PIRI blog is a valuable resource for parents and professionals who are interested in learning more about parent-infant mental health. The blog is written by experts in the field, and it provides up-to-date information and research on a variety of topics.