Recent Research Trials (Recruitment Now Closed)

Recent Research Trials (Recruitment Now Closed)

Online Treatment for Antenatal Depression

The Mum2BMoodBooster internet-based program is an evidence-based treatment for antenatal depression and consists of six sequential interactive sessions, as well as additional information in the form of companion library articles. The program includes a partner support website and participants are phoned once per week by a psychologist phone coach. The current study is a feasibility trial in which all participants receive the active treatment (funded by Ian Potter Foundation).

For more information on this ongoing study or to participate, go to

Beating the Blues Before Birth

Beating the Blues before Birth (BBB) is an 8-session cognitive behavioural therapy program. It is designed for women experiencing depression during pregnancy and includes one couple session to provide partners with information, support and an opportunity to be involved in the therapeutic process.

BBB was developed by adapting PIRI’s evaluated treatment for Postnatal Depression and including relevant aspects from other PIRI programs and research. The treatment was tested in an RCT (funded by Bupa and Australia Rotary Health) and has been found to be extremely effective.

To download the Beating the Blues before Birth brochure click here.

PremieStart: Prematurity

Premature birth is often associated with multiple stressful experiences for the newborn at the very start of life. The PremieStart program was designed to protect and enhance infant neurodevelopment through early stress reduction. The study was a 6 year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial evaluating our eight-session sensitivity training program for parents of pre-term infants while babies are still in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council – NHMRC).

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Motivational Interviewing

A cluster randomised controlled trial examining whether a brief motivational interviewing intervention delivered by MCH nurses in the context of a routine postnatal screen improves uptake to treatment when women experience PND.

(Funded by Australian Rotary Health)

For more information on this ongoing study click here.

Community HUGS

A community trial evaluating a ten session therapeutic playgroup for enhancing the mother-infant relationship following postnatal depression and providing fathers with support (funded by Department of Social Services).

For more information on this ongoing study click here.

HUGS: Supporting Mothers and Babies Following Postnatal Depression

HUGS is a group-based program that promotes the relationship between mother and baby following postnatal depression. This randomised trial compares HUGS against a traditional mother-infant playgroup for enhancing the relationship between mother and baby, following group-based treatment for postnatal depression (funded by beyondblue).

HUGS stands for Happiness, Understanding, Giving & Sharing

For more information on this ongoing study click here.