Health professionals

Parents are often very reluctant to ask for psychological help before and after the birth of their baby, and need to be specifically asked at appointments how they are going during this time of change. 

 Health profesisonals

The facts 

  • One in 10 Australian women and one in 20 men experience antenatal depression
  • Up to one in five women and one in 10 men experience perinatal anxiety or depression

In 2018, St John of God Raphael Services provided 23,000 individual counselling sessions to over 2000 parents throughout Australia.

St John of God Raphael Services provides low-cost or no out-of-pocket specialised, community-based mental health treatment and support for parents (mums, dads, families) during the perinatal period, up to the child’s fourth birthday.

Treatment and services available

  • Individual counselling – one-on-one meetings with a clinician from our multi-disciplinary team for specialised perinatal mental health counselling and therapy
  • Group therapy – an opportunity to connect with other parents who are experiencing similar feelings and challenges
  • Psychiatric support – specialised treatment for people with existing mental health conditions throughout pregnancy and early parenthood
  • Support for people going through prenatal testing or pregnancy loss

Locations

VIC – Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Torquay, Berwick, Colac, Daylesford
WA – Cockburn, Midland, Fremantle, Wembley
NSW – Blacktown, Springwood, Hawkesbury, Tamworth, Mount Druitt

How do I refer?

Western Australia 
Patients need a completed Raphael Services referral form and Mental Health Care Plan for focussed psychological strategies (item numbers 2700, 2701, 2715 or 2717). Referral can be made via:
Electronic referral - guides and templates to add this service to Medical Director, Best Practice or ZedMed and Information on Making a Referral via ReferralNet
Manually - download a referral form and Mental Health Care Plan. Completed forms can be emailed to raphael.wa@sjog.org.au

Victoria
Patients need a completed Raphael Services referral form and Mental Health Care Plan for focussed psychological strategies (item numbers 2700, 2701, 2715 or 2717) which can be emailed to:
Berwick: raphael.berwick@sjog.org.au, Ballarat: raphael.ballarat@sjog.org.au, Bendigo: raphael.bendigo@sjog.org.au, Geelong: raphael.geelong@sjog.org.au

New South Wales 
Referrals can be made via:
Electronic referral - guides and templates to add this service to Medical Director, Best Practice or ZedMed and Information on Making a Referral via ReferralNet
Manually - download referral form. The completed form can be emailed to nsw.raphael@sjog.org.au

Questions?

Phone 1800 292 292 or see locations for individual location information. 

Clinical guidelines

The document Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period - Australian Clinical Practice Guideline was released by the Centre for Perinatal Excellence in 2017 and covers screening and psychosocial assessment, as well as treatment advice for women with depressive and anxiety disorders, severe mental illnesses (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and postpartum psychosis) and borderline personality disorder.

Our GP Hub

St John of God Health Care works closely with general practitioners to help you provide your patients the best healthcare possible. Our GP Hub has all the information you need to partner with St John of God Health Care, including education and CPD opportunities, medical news, and medical contacts. 

Where we offer these services

Blacktown 
36-38 First Avenue, Blacktown 
Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm Monday to Friday 

Springwood 
Balance Medical Centre 
16 Ferguson Road, Springwood 
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday

Hawkesbury 
Hawkesbury District Health Service 
1 Day Street, Windsor 
Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday and Thursday

Mount Druitt
The Mount Druitt Hub,
Level 1, 9 Ayres Grove, Mount Druitt 
Hours: 08:30am - 4:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday 

Stanhope Gardens 
Finesse Dental 
Shop 16a Stanhope Village Shopping Centre, 2 Sentry Drive
Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday and 9:00am - 3:30pm Wednesday

Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 02 9672 1318
Email: nsw.raphael@sjog.org.au

Ballarat
Wexford Place, 105 Webster Street, Ballarat 
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (03) 5331 8455
Email: raphael.ballarat@sjog.org.au
Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday  

Bendigo
13 Helm Street, Kangaroo Flat
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (08) 9868 6117
Email: raphael.bendigo@sjog.org.au
Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm Monday to Friday

Berwick
57 Fairholme Boulevard
Berwick, Victoria, 3806
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (03) 9707 0297
Email: raphael.berwick@sjog.org.au
Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Friday

Daylesford
17 Hospital Street, Daylesford
Fax: (03) 5331 8455
Email: raphael.ballarat@sjog.org.au

Geelong
Lower level, 265 Ryrie Street, Geelong
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: (03) 5221 9766
Email: raphael.geelong@sjog.org.au
Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday

Torquay
Kurrambee Myraing Community Centre, 12 Merrijig Drive, Torquay
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 03 52219766
Email: raphael.geelong@sjog.org.au
Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm Monday

Colac
Colac Maternal and Child Health Centre, 49 Queen Street, Colac
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 03 52219766
Email: raphael.geelong@sjog.org.au 
Hours: 8:30am – 4:00pm every second Friday

 

Wembley 
192 Cambridge Street, Wembley
Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Fremantle 

Ferns House, 160 High Street, Fremantle
Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Thursday and Friday

Midland 

Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre 
1 Watertank Way, Midland 
Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

Cockburn

14/11 Wentworth Parade, Success
Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Joondalup
Suite 2.11, Level 2, Shenton House 
57 Shenton Avenue, Joondalup
Hours: 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday

Merriwa
Jenolan Way Community Centre
16 Jenolan Way, Merriwa
Hours: 8.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday

Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 696 526
Email: raphael.wa@sjog.org.au 

Mailing address:
192 Cambridge Street
Wembley WA 6014