The team from our Parent Infant Research Institute (PIRI) last night received the ‘Minister for Health's Award for improving maternal, child and family health' at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.
Professor Jeannette Milgrom and the team from PIRI were recognised for their initiative "MumSpace", a website which serves as a digital hub for mums with depression and anxiety that gives pregnant women, new mums and their families access to tools, resources and online treatment programs.
Prof Milgrom said her team were thrilled to have been recognised by the Minister for Health for their work on MumSpace alongside a Perinatal Depression e-Consortium (PDeC).
"MumSpace offers emotional support to women to help them manage the challenges of perinatal depression and anxiety, in their own time and their own way, and has attracted 35,000 visits since being launched in 2017," Prof Milgrom said.
"It was created to provide a ‘one-stop-shop' by integrating a range of digital resources and increase awareness of the services available to assist mums and their families.
"The site includes the MumMoodBooster online treatment programs that have also been shown to be just as effective when used to treat people with more severe depression and anxiety symptoms in the real-world setting as in clinical trials.
"We hope the MumSpace site will continue to empower women and prevent and reduce the impact of mental illness," she said.
CEO, Sue Shilbury, said two other teams from Austin Health were also recognised for their ground-breaking work.
"It was fantastic to see Professor Mathis Grossman and his team Highly Commended in the ‘Safer Care Victoria Award for excellence in quality and safety' for establishing two unique endocrinology clinics to address patients with hypogonadism as a result of hormone treatment for breast or prostate cancer," she said.
"And Dr Anselm Wong was a finalist in the category of ‘Improving healthcare through clinical research' for his research into improving the management of paracetamol overdose. Anselm's game changing research has transformed more than 40 years of clinical practice and led to new treatment methods for dealing with paracetamol overdose, the world's most common drug overdose."
"The Awards were a wonderful evening and it was very special to see Austin Health and our talented people recognised for their contribution to improving patient care and outcomes," she said.
Read more on PIRI, Professor Mathis Grossman and Dr Anselm Wong's ground-breaking initiatives and research.