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Perinatal health and wellbeing

The time before and after pregnancy are vital to the mental and physical health of mothers and children, and their families. Brisbane South PHN recognises that health care should be easily accessable, personalised and supportive during this particularly busy time.

This section includes details of perinatal health initiatives supported or commissioned by Brisbane South PHN and includes a list of relevant resources for health care professionals.

A significant focus of these programs is to ensure that primary health care (general practitioners, local child health services, obstetricians and paediatricians) is linked to improve continuity of care throughout the entire perinatal period.

This page is for primary care health professionals who need to connect with maternity services or services specifically for children and young people.
Postnatal Home Visiting Service

Postnatal Home Visiting Service

In partnership with Metro South Health, Brisbane South PHN coordinates the Postnatal Home Visiting Service, which is delivered by both public and private midwifery groups throughout the region.

Visits are scheduled to occur at two weeks and four weeks post birth.

Each visit will provide:
• general health and wellbeing check
• postnatal assessment
• developmental assessment of the baby
• feeding support
• parenting strategies
• advice on local community services.

In an attempt to improve immunisation rates and to encourage parents to take their children to have regular health checks, parents will receive reminders via SMS.

Who is eligible

All parents who reside in the Brisbane South PHN region, regardless of which hospital or practice they attend, are offered two (2) postnatal visits by a registered midwife in their home free of charge.

How to refer

Mothers of new babies are offered the Service when they ‘check in’ at the hospital to give birth and are enrolled to participate upon signing the consent form.

Those who reside outside the Brisbane South PHN region can be referred to Children’s Health Queensland – Child Health Service via our referral page.

For more information please contact Brisbane South PHN on 1300 467 265 or pnhv@bsphn.org.au

Links

National Perinatal Mental Health Guideline
Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Queensland Health – Clinical pathways for maternity
World Health Organisation – Postnatal care of the other and newborn

Resources

Brisbane South PHN – Postnatal home visiting referral form

Metro South Health – Perinatal wellbeing brochure
Metro South Health – Perinatal wellbeing service referral form (pdf)
Metro South Health – Perinatal wellbeing service referral form (fillable pdf)
Metro South Health – Perinatal wellbeing service referral form (Best practice)
Metro South Health – Perinatal wellbeing service referral form (Medical Director)

Low Intensity Perinatal Mental Health Project (Redlands)

Low Intensity Perinatal Mental Health Project (Redlands)

The mental health and wellbeing of parents has impacts on the health of the whole family, including children and parents alike. Adjusting to parenthood can be frustrating and overwhelming, leading to stress, anxiety and depressive symptoms. It’s important to keep new parents and carers emotionally and physically healthy during pregnancy and after birth. If left unrecognised, these feelings and experiences can lead to mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, or a combination of both. Perinatal mental health is a priority issue facing the Brisbane South PHN community.

Possums for Mothers and Babies has been commissioned by Brisbane South PHN to connect and strengthen existing perinatal and maternity services within the Redland region.

The program aims to improve the overall perinatal wellbeing of mothers and families by building capability across the local health and wellbeing service sector by ensuring that mothers and families at risk of perinatal anxiety and depression, receive support and advices that develops resilience and self-help skills to navigate the perinatal time.

Local health clinicians (general practitioners, midwives, child health services), community workers and volunteers will have the opportunity to engage and participate in the Possums education program. The program equips clinicians with evidence-based research on how to best support new parents with everyday issues, and assist clinicians in connecting parents and families into a support network within the Redland region.

Links

National Perinatal Mental Health Guideline
Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
RACGP – Preventive activities prior to pregnancy
RANZCOG – Perinatal anxiety and depression
Queensland Health – Clinical pathways for maternity
World Health Organisation – Postnatal care of the other and newborn
National Breastfeeding Strategy

Resources

Directory for Perinatal Mental Health Care

Metro South Health – Perinatal wellbeing brochure
Metro South Health – Perinatal wellbeing service referral form (pdf)
Metro South Health – Perinatal wellbeing service referral form (fillable pdf)
Metro South Health – Perinatal wellbeing service referral form (Best practice)
Metro South Health – Perinatal wellbeing service referral form (Medical Director)

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