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Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Symposium


Welcome to the 2022 Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Symposium: Perinatal mental health in a time of challenge and new horizons.

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 Megan Galbally, A/Professor Brad Hayhow, Dr Caitlin Wyrwoll, A/Professor Jenny Downs, Dr Matthew Coleman, Dr Katherine Sevar, Ms Jacquie Cahill, Julie Borninkhof and Emma Carlin. View the Symposium flyer here.


Friday, 4 November 2022, 8.00am-4.30pm (registration from 8.00am).


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


Tickets are $110 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

A key area of WIRF's 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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