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Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Symposium


Welcome to the 2021 Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Symposium: Bringing it together - Exploring challenges and new directions in perinatal and infant mental health.

In recognition of the importance of the first 1000 days of life, the Women and Newborn Health Service, in partnership with the Women & Infants Research Foundation, is happy to present this one day symposium exploring challenges and new directions in perinatal and infant mental health.

Presenting evidence based strategies that scaffold mothers and families during the perinatal period can give us the best opportunity to work with families to promote a good start to life


Special Guests include: Professor John Newnham AM, Professor Megan Galbally, Professor Andrew Whitehouse, Dr Thinh Nguyen, Professor Sergio Starkstein, Adjunct Associate Professor Graeme Boardley, Dr Janine Spencer, Dr Carol Kaplanian, Jayne Kotz, Julie Borninkhof.

View the
Symposium Program here.


Friday, 7 May 2021, 8.30am-4.30pm (registration from 8.00am).


Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research Auditorium - QEII Medical Centre.


Tickets are $95 and are available via the Try Booking ticketing website here.

Rural participants can register to attend via video conference at: spimhp@health.wa.gov.au

For further information contact:

Natalie Heard | spimhp@health.wa.gov.au

WIRF’s newest area of research focus, Women’s Mental Health, has provided a critical arm of endeavour to the Foundation’s holistic approach to improving health and wellbeing.

Our research into maternal mental health is unravelling the biological, psychological and social factors that contribute to women’s emotional health in pregnancy, following childbirth, and child wellbeing and developmental outcomes.

Alarmingly, mental health is a leading cause of maternal mortality in pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth.

Together with key collaborators, we hope to improve access to mental health resources to enable better mental health and wellbeing outcomes for women, mothers and their children.


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Women and Infants Research Foundation
Carson House, King Edward Memorial Hospital
374 Bagot Road, Subiaco, WA 6008

Telephone: 08 6458 1437
Fax: 08 6458 1642
Email: info@wirf.com.au

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