Statewide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Program (SPIMHP)

Led by Professor Megan Galbally, Medical Co-Director of Women’s Health, Genetics and Mental Health Directorate, and the Foundation Chair in Perinatal Psychiatry across Murdoch University, Notre Dame University and King Edward Memorial Hospital, the Statewide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Program is a non-clinical support service. The Directorate also includes a Mother and Baby inpatient Unit, a Department of Psychological Medicine providing outpatient and consultation liaison service. 

Guided by the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Model of Care (2016), the SPIMHP provides a range of services to support health professionals and consumers across Western Australia, including health promotion initiatives, education and training, service coordination and support for clinical networks and research. 

Education and training is available through a variety of modalities – face to face training, on-line learning and videoconferencing. Professional development opportunities such as symposiums, forums and workshops are provided for both government and non-government agencies across the state.

Perinatal and infant mental health promotion programs aim to keep people well and promote positive mental health and resilience. Strategies may include programs that focus on increasing social inclusion, raising community awareness of mental health issues and creating supportive environments. Prevention and early intervention are key components of perinatal and infant mental health promotion. 

The program offers state-wide coordination and support for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Subnetwork as part of the Mental Health Network and other local clinical networks such as South Metropolitan Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Clinical Network (SMPiMH) and the Clarkson Under 5 Special Interest Group. The program contributes to mental health policy and guideline development in the perinatal period. The state coordination role also includes working with Health Service Providers, non-Government organisations and other stakeholders to support service improvement in the perinatal period. 

The program currently supports and participates in a number of collaborative research projects including the “Rural and Remote Pregnancy and Emotional Wellbeing Study” (R&R PEWS) with WA Country Health Services and Murdoch University, the “Baby Coming You Ready” (BCYR) project with Ngangk Yira and Murdoch University, and the “Better Together” Project with Edith Cowan University.

Health Consumers

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency please call the Mental Health Emergency Response line (MHERL) on 1300 555 788. If you are a health consumer seeking to talk to someone about your own circumstances related to mental health over the perinatal period, please contact your GP, midwife, child health nurse or PANDA telephone help-line (7am – 5:30pm) 1300 726 306. If you are looking for information on emotional health in the perinatal period, please click here.

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 2822
Fax: (08) 6458 1782
Email: WNHS, WHGMH, SPIMH Program

Location

Women’s Health, Genetics and Mental Health 
15 Loretto Street
Subiaco WA 6008

Events

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Resources

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Model of Care (2016)