Department of Health

Extra funding to deliver mental health support for new parents

The Victorian Government has announced a funding boost to expand and reform community perinatal mental health teams across the state.


The $6.89 million investment recognises the additional challenges that new parents have faced this year, with lockdowns and restrictions on home and hospital visitors making a tricky time even more stressful.

The extra resources for perinatal mental health teams will mean that parents needing support will be able to access it faster, more easily, and closer to home.

The extra support adds to the $20 million delivered earlier this year for perinatal mental health services across the state.

This included $10 million for six Parent Infant Units across Victoria. These specialist units provide treatment, care and support for women with severe mental illness and their infant.

The Perinatal Emotional Health Program received $7.2 million to deliver community and family-centred services with a focus on parent-infant attachment.

One in five women will experience a perinatal mental health concern between conception and the time their baby is 12 months old. Anxiety and depression are the most common types of illness they are likely to experience.

For women who experience a perinatal mental health illness, up to one in eight of their partners will also experience a mental health condition.

Reviewed 23 March 2022


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