Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network
The Mental Health Network includes a unique Network structure.
The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network was established on 15 February 2016, to address the difficulty in coordinating such a large network and to support the Mental Health Network to engage with and improve outcomes for specific cohorts of mental health service users.
The establishment of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network followed a thorough process that sought to be inclusive, representative and reflect the concerns and views of the sector.
The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network has a broad membership that is supported by a Steering Committee and is sponsored by the Women’s Health, Genetics and Mental Health, North Metropolitan Health Service.
The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Ms Leanda Verrier and Ms Jillian Northwood.
The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Sub Network Establishment Report provides background on this Network and can be found here.
Emerging Trends Post COVID-19 Restrictions for WA Families with Infants and Young Children
The effects of COVID-19 restrictions have resulted in heightened levels of parental stress and anxiety, isolation, and major service disruption for WA families with infants and young children.
This report by the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network Steering Committee, provides a snapshot of the concerns and thoughts of consumers, carers, health professionals and other community support workers of the emerging trends following the COVID-19 restrictions in Western Australia for families in the perinatal period with infants and young children.
The report summarises these responses and makes recommendations that have arisen from the analysis and can be found here.
Acknowledgements to the consumers, carers, health professionals and other community support workers who participated in the survey.