Health Promotion

The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines the term ‘health promotion’ as ‘the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health’ and also addresses individual, social and environmental actions.

The Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion identified five domains for action and all health promotion strategies will fall into these areas:

  1. Building healthy public policy
  2. Creating supportive environments
  3. Strengthening community action
  4. Developing personal skills
  5. Reorientating health services

Mental health promotion includes strategies which maintain and restore good mental health, as well as reduce and prevent mental illness.

The health promotion activities of the Statewide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Program (SPIMHP) focus on three key areas: advocacy, partnerships, and capacity building. This work is conducted both in a hospital setting (at King Edward Memorial Hospital) and in the WA community.

Advocacy

The SPIMHP is focussed on continually working to advocate for and raise awareness of perinatal and infant mental health. This is done through multiple channels, including the bimonthly Perinatal and Infant Mental Health News and Events newsletter, traditional and social media, SPIMHP webpage, and community events and presentations.

To sign up to our newsletter or enquire about our community presentations, please email SPIMHP@health.wa.gov.au.

Partnerships

Partnerships with other organisations are fundamental to our work in perinatal and infant mental health. At King Edward Memorial Hospital, the SPIMHP offer health promotion expertise to support the services that help women experiencing mental health issues during the perinatal period. These services include the Mother Baby Unit (MBU), the department of Psychological Medicine and the Childbirth and Mental Illness clinic (CAMI) . The SPIMHP is also an associate partner of Mentally Healthy WA and the Act Belong Commit messages are featured prominently throughout our work.

A state-wide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Promotion Network has also been created to bring together individuals and organisations who work in the area of perinatal and infant mental health and health promotion.

To join the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Promotion Network, please email SPIMHP@health.wa.gov.au.

Capacity Building

The SPIMHP offers support to organisations and endeavours throughout WA that promote perinatal and infant mental health and prevent perinatal and infant mental illness in the community, particularly around the following awareness events:

  • World Maternal Mental Health Day – 6 May 2020 (see Grants below)
  • Infant Mental Health Week in June
  • Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Awareness (PANDA) Week in November

The team also produces a small booklet called ‘Finding help before and after baby arrives’, which can be given to new or expecting mums and families. This booklet contains an extensive list of services from across the state which may be helpful before and after a baby is born.

Currently being developed is a Health Promotion and Prevention Plan for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health. This will provide information to guide any organisation wanting to conduct perinatal and infant mental health promotion initiatives.

To learn more about the above awareness events, to request copies of the ‘Finding help’ booklet or to stay informed about the Health Promotion and Prevention Plan, please email SPIMHP@health.wa.gov.au.

Useful documents and contacts

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Model of Care

The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Model of Care describes targeted interventions and services across the mental health continuum from primary preventative programs, to tertiary care. The framework has suggestions for integrating health promotion and early detection indicatives into practice.

Prevention First Framework

Developed by Everymind, Prevention First: A Prevention and Promotion Framework for Mental Health encourages strategic and coordinated action to prevent mental ill-health and promote mental health and wellbeing.

The Perinatal Mental Health and Wellness Project

The Perinatal Mental Health and Wellness Project: Developing a collaborative model for mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention in the perinatal periodis Queensland Health’s  final report on the Perinatal Mental Health and Wellness project conducted from 2015-2017. 

Urban 95 project

The Urban 95 project takes a holistic view of how to create ‘healthy, prosperous and vibrant cities where babies, toddlers and their families can thrive’ by asking people to consider the world from 95cms (the height of a 3-year-old child). The Urban 95 website has some great information about the project and some useful, innovative resources. These include a toolkit for designing urban play and child friendly urban design.

Prevention hub

Launched in May 2018, the prevention hub is Australia’s first hub for integrated research into anxiety and depression. Led by the Black Dog Institute and Everymind, the hub aims to help facilitate the translation of research into real world outcomes. The hub identified three research priorities (workplace, healthcare and children, adolescent and families) and the research projects sitting underneath them:

Useful contacts

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