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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.

Raphael House BallaratAnother 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.

Measuring outcomes in Early Years services
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.

Who can access Early Years Services?

Early Years Services provide health interventions for pregnant women, mothers, fathers and children up to the age of four. These services are open to anyone who needs to access to support or clinical intervention. For information on specific services where you live please see the links to specific services.


What is the cost to clients?

To ensure that our services are accessible to everyone they are provided free of charge or at minimal cost. In order to provide as many services as possible to people in the community we draw on government funding through sources such as Medicare where possible.