PIRI’s 2023 End-of-Year Reflection

PIRI’s 2023 End-of-Year Reflection

A Year of New Beginnings and Emotional Journeys

For many families, 2023 has been a year of immense joy and profound challenges. They have welcomed new members into their lives, embracing the elation of parenthood. However, this transformative experience may have also been accompanied by the emotional complexities of perinatal depression or anxiety.

At the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI), we are humbled to have supported countless mothers, fathers, babies, and families throughout this year. We have collaborated closely with them to refine and enhance early intervention and treatment programs, and through our digital programs, ensuring that all Aussie families, regardless of their location, have access to the comprehensive emotional and mental health support they need.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who has dedicated their time, energy, and financial support to raising awareness about perinatal mental health and empowering families.

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PIRI’s end-of-year reflection

As the festivities unfold, we celebrate the progress we’ve made together in 2023. Through targeted campaigns, research collaborations, and your unwavering support, we’ve amplified the voices of families facing perinatal mental health challenges. Our collective efforts have resonated, influencing policymakers to consider essential changes that will pave the way for a brighter future.

We would like to share some of the key milestones we have achieved together:

  • PIRI’s MumMoodBooster and Mum2BMoodBooster programs have offered effective online treatment to over 9,500 women, helping them manage their antenatal and postnatal depression.
  • PIRI further developed the Mum2BMoodBooster and MumMoodBooster Clinician Portals, streamlining referrals and offering enhanced patient monitoring for health professionals.
  • PIRI’s MumSpace and DadSpace websites thrived as vital resources, welcoming over 6,000 visitors each month and empowering new parents on their journeys.
  • PIRI launched the evaluation of DadBooster: a groundbreaking online program empowering dads to manage their mental health during fatherhood.
  • PIRI proudly launched the STePPS CRE (Science Translation for e-Psychological Perinatal Supports CRE), a world-class research centre pioneering the development and evaluation of effective online mental health support for families during pregnancy and early parenthood.
  • PIRI together with its partners have successfully completed a large-scale NHMRC trial of PIRIMID, an innovative Clinician Decision Support System that empowers maternal and child health nurses to effectively screen for perinatal depression, develop personalised management plans, and make seamless referrals for further care.

We enter the new year with passion in our hearts and an unwavering commitment: ensuring that all Aussie families have access to the support they need to thrive. Together we can foster a world where all families are equipped to thrive amidst the joys and challenges of parenthood. As we reflect on the year that has passed, we are inspired by the resilience and strength of the families we serve.

PIRI's end-of-year reflection

May your festive season be filled with joy, and may the coming year bring renewed strength to continue making a difference in the lives of families to cherish and delight in their little ones while also prioritising their own emotional well-being.