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.
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.


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


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)