The National Perinatal Depression Initiative aims to improve prevention and early detection of antenatal and postnatal depression and provide better support and treatment for expectant and new mothers experiencing depression. For the purposes of this program, the perinatal period is defined as the beginning of pregnancy to a year after birth. The program is currently funded by the Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) until June 2017. Men are also eligible for the program.
Referrals can be made by either a GP, Paediatrician or Psychiatrist with an accompanying Mental Health Treatment Plan. Each referral to the service entitles the individual to six sessions with an Allied Health Professional (AHP) and individuals can receive two referrals per calendar year. Services are available at locations across the Central Coast.
Financial disadvantage is a criteria for this program.
Make a Referral
You must be a registered user to access the online referral system. If you are not registered please contact Central Coast Primary Care on 4365 2294.