Prof Marie-Paule Austin

Prof Marie-Paule Austin

Prof Marie-Paule Austin

Psychiatry

  • Psychiatry

Professor Marie-Paule Austin is a perinatal psychiatrist and leads the only mother-baby unit in Sydney, at St John of God Burwood Hospital.

Experience:
• Chair of St John of God Health Care’s Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health Research at University of NSW
• Head of Perinatal Mental Health at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney
• Chair of 2017 National Clinical Guidelines for Perinatal Mental Health.
• Past President Australasian Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health
• Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry advisor to the National Advisory Committee on
Maternal Mortality Review Working Group
• Clinical Associate of Black Dog Institute

Recent achievements:
• in 2015 prof Austin was awarded the Marce Society Jon Rampono Marce medal for her achievements in perinatal mental health research and service delivery.
• Professor Austin and her team have developed a mental health screening tool for women, known as the Antenatal Risk Questionnaire (ANRQ). This tool is now recommended for use in routine psychosocial assessment as per the National Guidelines launched last month (October 2017). In addition through her leadership of the national action plan and subsequent Perinatal Depression Initiative, Prof Austin has been instrumental in the creation of new (November 2017) Medicare items requiring all obstetricians and GPs caring for perinatal women in the private sector (a third of all pregnancies), to also undertake psychosocial assessment. This now means that all Australian women, whether they give birth in the public or private sector, will have their emotional wellbeing assessed, and be offered support as needed.

MBBS FRANZCP