Making a difference in the early years
Our Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Advisory Committee guides
the development of our Raphael Centre services. With experts in
this field, Professors Marie-Paule Austin and Bryanne Barnett and
Dr Caroline Zanetti, in addition to various other experienced
mental health practitioners from across St John of God Health Care,
this group ensures that we set excellent standards of care.
Another essential element of producing improved outcomes is
through effective working relationships with the community,
government agencies and other healthcare providers such as GPs,
health centres, parenting organisations and other perinatal service
providers. Combining our expertise in collaboration with other
organisations ensures an holistic approach to the wellbeing of
families, improved awareness of health issues and better
accessibility of services.
Likewise, Strong Family, Strong
Culture seeks to build on vital relationships with Aboriginal
medical services, government departments, regional hospitals and
various community organisations in working towards better maternal
and child health outcomes.
Measuring outcomes in Early Years
Our Early Years services respond to the needs of the local
communities they serve. The services we deliver have common themes
and we strive to bridge gaps that exist within local communities
for families during pregnancy and the early years of childhood. All
of our services collect quantitative and qualitative data about the
outcomes for clients and this is analysed alongside public health
statistics to ensure that we are improving the health and wellbeing
outcomes in accordance with individuals’ and community needs.
Services are regularly reviewed in order to ensure that we are
meeting the needs of clients and to identify new service
requirements that may emerge within our field of expertise.