Aboriginal perinatal mental health training
St John of God Social Outreach and Advocacy Services will
deliver more free perinatal and infant mental health training to
health professionals in rural and remote locations in February and
Combining significant expertise in early years services,
developed through Raphael Centres over ten years and Aboriginal
maternal and child health initiative Strong Family, Strong Culture,
St John of God Health Care is well placed to provide mental health training in a
culturally appropriate framework.
Funded through the Australian Government Rural Health Alliance
the training will enable health professionals working with
Aboriginal families to support emotional, physical and social
wellbeing needs of regional communities.
Aboriginal women experience perinatal mental health issues at a
higher rate than non-Aboriginal women and some of this stems from
the intergenerational issues relating to loss of family, culture
and identity. Perinatal anxiety and depression can also affect
infant development and attachment and cause ongoing social and
emotional issues for Aboriginal families and their communities.
Anna Roberts, Group Manager for Early Years at St John of God
Health Care, said: “This training has been devised by our Early
Years team in collaboration with other health professionals. It
will share knowledge and experience in the provision of perinatal
and infant mental health services to improve outcomes for
Aboriginal families, whilst recognising and promoting Aboriginal
culture and traditions.
“Our experience in both the provision of Raphael Centre services
and working with Aboriginal families in rural and remote Western
Australia equips us well to provide this training and we are
looking forward to engaging with health workers in WA, Victoria and
New South Wales in the coming months.”
This training will support the health workforce to:
• Have confidence in engaging Aboriginal mothers, fathers
• Develop a greater understanding of PIMH and attachment:
• Clarify appropriate pathways to care.
The training will incorporate local culture, traditions and
beliefs and utilise local resources and expertise. Already
delivered successfully in four locations across Victoria and
Western Australia, the two-day education program will be delivered
in the following locations in 2013:
• Geelong, Victoria – February 20/21
• Moruya, New South Wales – March 19/20
If you would like to secure your place for this free training or
require further details please contact Louise Brooks on 08 6103
5595 or email Louise.Brooks@sjog.org.au –
please note that places are limited.