PANDA has been funded since 2015 by the Victorian government to offer specialist perinatal mental health training to MCH professionals.
Research indicates that despite policies supporting universal mental health screening for new mothers, up to three quarters of those experiencing perinatal mental illness or distress will not be identified as such by their care providers. Of callers to National PANDA Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Helpline, only one in seven had disclosed their distress to their MCH nurse or midwife (antenatally) in the last reporting period.
The reasons for this are complex. However, one reason is the lack of confidence and knowledge many health professionals feel about how best to create an environment that supports disclosure, in the often limited time they have with clients. PANDA training aims to address these obstacles.
 Coates et al, 2004; Spitzer et al, 2000 and Yelland and Brown, 2014