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Fellowship enables further perinatal mental health research

23 February 2018 Blog
Mental health Perinatal mental health
St John of God Burwood Hospital perinatal mental health researcher Nicole Reilly explains how receiving a key Fellowship will help boost her research efforts in 2018 and beyond.

Early in 2018, I was delighted to learn that I was one of two people in Australia to receive an Australian Rotary Health Postdoctoral Fellowship.

While this Fellowship will mean I will significantly reduce the hours I work at St John of God Burwood Hospital I am very excited to be able to dedicate the next four years to investigating how we can help prevent and effectively manage mental health illness in pregnant women and new mums.

Ultimately, my goal is that for my research to inform policies and clinical practice to help doctors, nurses and mental health clinicians better care for their patients.

There is a lot of work I have done with Professor Marie-Paule Austin at St John of God Burwood Hospital, as well as national colleagues, which I will continue and expand in this research.

This includes validating a revised version of the Antenatal Risk Questionnaire (ANRQ) which is a clinical took that supports the early identification of psychosocial risks during pregnancy.

I’m really looking forward to starting this Fellowship in March and progressing this research further.

St John of God Health Care Nicole Reilly
Nicole Reilly - Perinatal Mental Health Researcher

Dr Nicole Reilly is an emerging leader in the field of perinatal mental health. She is a Senior Research Associate at the Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health Unit at St John of God Burwood Hospital and School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and has over 10 years’ experience in perinatal mental health research and evaluation.She is dedicated to better understanding the impact of preventive and early intervention programs on mental health outcomes for women and families, and to evaluating the value of national health reform at population-based levels.