PANDA supports Maternal & Child Health workers
PANDA CEO Belinda Horton shared unique insights into perinatal depression and new parents in Victoria at the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Conference in Melbourne on March 27.
Belinda joined Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, The Hon. Wendy Lovell MLC and leading health and early childhood specialists to present at the biannual event, attended by more than 1300 MCH workers.
PANDA’s partnership with MCH nurses spans many years and attendees were given an up-to-date understanding of PANDA’s available resources, including the National Perinatal Depression Helpline and Victorian counselling program.
- Belinda said; “Maternal and child health workers are often the first people to identify when a new mum is struggling and we’re delighted to share our knowledge and expertise to assist them and the invaluable work they do.
- PANDA’s helpline is readily available to support parents in need. Our research shows that 97% of callers to the helpline are very happy with their experience and we want to ensure that all those who need us are aware of our service.
- Our helpline counsellors work to establish trusting relationships with callers and connect them with suitable local services for ongoing support. We assertively refer to GPs for assessment and management.”
As part of PANDA’s commitment to ongoing community education, PANDA also provides speakers for MCH nurse-run mother’s groups. PANDA’s speakers include professional staff and volunteers who can share their personal experiences of PND.