The Gidget Foundation works collaboratively with a number of health experts and organisations.
Gidget Foundation Australia provides a free professional psychological support service for families suffering emotional distress during pregnancy and early parenting.
Gidget House services: providing clients access to 10 free clinical psychological consultations within a calendar year; or
Start Talking telehealth services: providing any client located more than 20kms from a Gidget House with access to up to 10 free clinical psychological consultations via video call within a calendar year.
The cost of these services is bulk billed through Medicare’s Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners initiative. A referral and mental health care plan from a GP are required in order to access this bulk billed service.
Our specialist perinatal (conception to one year postpartum) clinicians provide a wide range of individual, couple and parent-infant therapies to women and their partners. In addition to pre-conception counselling, we offer services to those experiencing, or at risk of developing, perinatal depressive, anxiety and trauma or stressor-related disorders. Support is also provided to women and their partners who have experienced a pregnancy or childbirth-related loss, eg. stillbirth, miscarriage or termination.
To ensure that families receive the most appropriate care, we do not accept referrals of cases featuring:
– Current or enduring psychotic illness;
– Suicidal or homicidal thoughts;
– Child protection issues;
– Current alcohol or other drug abuse;
– Current, or recent history of, family violence; or
– Current family custody disputes involving legal proceedings.
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.