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Departments

Parent Infant Program

The Parent Infant Program consists of comprehensive services for parents and infants where the parent has a possible or identified mental illness in the postpartum period.

Care can be provided through the inpatient program as well as ambulatory services (in the home). Along with clinical services, the program also has a strong research and education focus, which is explained below.

There is a close link between this service and the Austin Health Department of Clinical and Health Psychology’s Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI), which provides a range of services to families in the childbearing years on an outpatient basis.

 This program has four components:

  1.    Parent Infant Inpatient Program
  2.    Parent Infant Mental Health Initiative (PIMHI)
  3.    Post Natal Depression (PND) Initiative
  4.    Research

Please see the Austin Parent Infant Program brochure for more information.

Other Austin Parent Infant Services

The Parent Infant Research Institute (PIRI)  has been established as a separate body to oversee and to build on the clinical and research work undertaken through the Infant Clinic, Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Austin Health. PIRI is under the direction of Professor Jeannette Milgrom.

The Infant Clinic provides psychological treatment either with individual or group programs, to families having a range of difficulties antenatally and up to 2 years postnatally. Appointments can be made by phone on 9496 4496.

Clinical research programs partner with beyondblue, local maternal and child health programs, the Northern Hospital, the Angliss Hospital and general practitioners. The programs aim to provide evidence for innovative treatment approaches and pathways to care for women.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) offers multidisciplinary individual child (up to 18 years) and family-focused treatment, inpatient and outpatient programs.