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

Last year, St John of God Raphael Services provided 24,000 individual treatment sessions to 2,354 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.
  • Psychiatrist 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.
  • Telehealth services available (client suitability determined by clinician). 

How do I refer?

Patients need a referral and Mental Health Care Plan for focussed psychological strategies (item numbers 2700, 2701, 2715 or 2717).

Referral can be made via:


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 revised in 2023 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.

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Where we offer these services

Call 1800 292 292 to speak to one of our friendly caregivers.

36-38 First Avenue, Blacktown NSW 2148
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

U13, 25-51 Learmonth Road, Wendouree VIC 3355
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

15 MacKenzie Street, Bendigo VIC 3550
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

57 Fairholme Boulevard, Berwick VIC 3806
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

Lower level, 265 Ryrie Street, Geelong VIC 3220
Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

14/11 Wentworth Parade, Success WA 6164 

2/116 Pinjarra Road, Mandurah WA 6210

Stan and Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre
1 Watertank Way, Midland WA 6056

Level 3, 30 Dundebar Road, Wanneroo WA 6065

192 Cambridge Street, Wembley WA 6014

Tel: 1800 292 292
Fax: 1800 433 992
Email: [email protected]

Mailing address:
192 Cambridge Street
Wembley WA 6014