The Gidget Foundation works collaboratively with a number of health experts and organisations.
Our board is chaired by Obstetrician and RANZCOG Vice-President, Dr Vijay Roach. Perinatal and infant psychiatrist, Professor Bryanne Barnett is a director who brings considerable professional experience to the organisation.
Gidget House in both North Sydney and Randwick provide a free professional psychological support service for pregnant women and new parents suffering anxiety and depression. Payment for services provided by Gidget House are covered by Medicare bulk billing. A referral and mental health care plan from a GP are required in order to access this funding.
Gidget Foundation Perinatal Depression Resources for Medical Practitioners
Presentations and Workshops
Gidget Foundation professionals speak regularly to diverse audiences. Professional presentations and workshops include:
- Medical students
- Medical professionals
- Midwifery students and midwives
- Community awareness
- Keynote address and Guest speaker
Beyond the Baby Blues;
The complete handbook for emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and early parenthood. (2014) Knox, C., O’Reilly, B., Smith S.
In Australia there is a high prevalence of perinatal mental health disorders during pregnancy and the year following the birth of a baby.
Clinical Practice Guidelines for the treatment of perinatal mental health disorders were developed by beyond blue. The guidelines were developed between September 2008 – May 2011 when they were endorsed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Derived from an extensive literature review, Australia’s Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines draw on the latest high quality research evidence to provide Recommendations and Good Practice Points that can be used to identify, treat and manage depression and related disorders- anxiety, puerperal psychosis and bipolar disorder – in the perinatal period.
The Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines were compiled by expert advisory groups, drawing upon the best available research evidence. This group included some of Australia’s leading mental health experts, as well as people who have experienced mental health disorders and carers. These Guidelines have received approval from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in 11 February 2011, under S.14A of the NHMRC Act, 1992. In approving these guidelines the NHMRC considers that they meet the NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines. This approval is valid for a period of 5 years.
The Guidelines cover assessment, treatment and management of depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder during pregnancy and in the year following as well as puerperal psychosis. Developed to assist health professionals working in primary care and maternity care, the Guidelines have been developed into an extensive range of educational resources for health professionals, consumers and carers.
Further Resources can be found on the Beyondblue website.
Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines – Executive Summary. A guide for primary care health professionals
Management of perinatal mental health disorders – A guide for primary care health professionals
Perinatal depression and anxiety – A guide for primary care health professionals
Perinatal mental health of women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds – A guide for primary care health professionals.