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Treating perinatal depression & anxiety - Medical Observer
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Medical & health articles pdf 599 KB 13 November 2018

GPs can help women to recognise the signs and symptoms of perinatal depression and anxiety, and can play a key role in assisting women to recover.

Endo Wise: Bec’s story

Videos 6 min 50 sec 26 October 2018

Bec’s journey with endo would have been very different had it not been for the support of her husband Ash.

Applying the teach-back tool - Medical Observer
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Medical & health articles pdf 485 KB 14 May 2018

In this ‘Talking Women’ article for Medical Observer, senior research fellow Alison Beauchamp, discusses the method ‘teach-back’ to improve the health outcomes of a consultation.

Healthy eating for two - Medical Observer
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Medical & health articles pdf 565 KB 03 July 2017

In this ‘Talking Women’ article for Medical Observer, Accredited Practising Dietitian and Jean Hailes research assistant Stephanie Pirotta explains the importance of good nutrition before and after conception and how it affects a woman’s reproductive health and the health of her baby.

Hidden chemical menace - Medical Observer
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Medical & health articles pdf 734 KB 30 December 2017

In this ‘Talking Women’ article for Medical Observer, Dr Karin Hammarberg, discusses why patients wanting to conceive should avoid endocrine disrupters.

Women’s health across cultures - Health Professional webinar
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Webinar 1.5 hours 04 July 2017

This webinar discusses working with women from multicultural and multifaith backgrounds and includes strategies to enhance your practice.

Questions to support new mums - Medical Observer
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Medical & health articles pdf 593 KB 27 April 2017

In this Medical Observer article, Director of the Jean Hailes Research Unit at Monash University Professor Jane Fisher explains the art of finding out if a woman needs help for postnatal depression.

Yarning about parenthood and your bub
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Booklets pdf 5 MB 30 October 2015

In this booklet you will read about common experiences of first time parents in the first six months of parenthood, and some helpful ways of thinking about and managing them.

Happy Pants

Books $22.99Available in the shop

When Mummy wears her happy pants we build sandcastles, go out for baby cinos and have lots and lots of cuddles. But when she comes home with baby Darcy, her happy pants stay in her wardrobe...

Happy Pants is a picture book for older children to help them understand that their mum's post-natal depression is not because of them, that families can support each other and that mum will get better with help. This book is a resource for both children and parents, bringing hope and a voice to this typically silent topic.

Illustrated by Liz McGrath.

Postnatal depression & anxiety: responding to risks - Health Professional webinar
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Webinar 1.5 hours 19 October 2016

This webinar takes a multidisciplinary approach to examine new ways of thinking about mental health promotion and prevention in new parents, using parents stories from the field.

Investigating subfertility - Medical Observer
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Medical & health articles pdf 512 KB 01 September 2015

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University Gabor Kovacs, investigates subfertility, explaining that developments in assisted reproductive technology mean more successes.

What to tell mums who smoke - Medical Observer
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Medical & health articles pdf 460 KB 01 May 2016

In this Medical Observer article, Dr Karin Hammarberg delves into the impact of smoking on fertility and pregnancy and explains that even late quitters can make a positive impact.

Endometriosis: diagnosis & management - Health Professional webinar
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Webinar 1.5 hours 21 June 2016

Further your knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and management of this complex condition. Presenters include two gynaecologists and a psychologist.

Fertility & preconception care - Health Professional webinar
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Webinar 1.5 hours 06 May 2016

A multidisciplinary panel explore optimisation of natural fertility, causes & risk factors for infertility, preconception care and other topics.

Contraception update - Health Professional webinar
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Webinar 1.5 hours 04 March 2016

This webinar delves into a range of important issues relating to the appropriate and safe prescribing of contraception and includes case studies.

Infertility - Causes & management - Health Professional webinar
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Webinar 13 October 2014

This is a webinar for GPs and health professionals. Presented by Associate Professor Beverley Vollenhoven, Reproductive Endocrinologist and Infertility Specialist at Monash IVF, topics include the definition, scale and risk factors of infertility, plus psychological factors and effective treatment options.

PANDA Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia

External Links 26 April 2014

PANDA is an Australian organisation dedicated to supporting the emotional wellbeing of women throughout pregnancy and early parenthood.

Fertility & pregnancy - fact sheet

Fact sheets pdf 193 KB 01 April 2014

What Were We Thinking! blog

External Links 27 January 2015

The What Were We Thinking blog follows the experiences of new parents across Australia. The blog is based on the What Were We Thinking program, an evidence-based intervention developed and run by the Jean Hailes Research Unit. This program teaches new mothers and fathers both practical skills for settling babies and ideas to help them adjust to changes in their relationship that can come with parenthood.

What Were We Thinking! program

External Links 01 February 2014

What Were We Thinking is an innovative program for mothers and fathers and their first babies. The content of the program is derived from research evidence, clinical experience and wide consultation with new parents, maternal child and family health nurses, clinical and health psychologists, general practitioners, paediatricians, lactation consultants and parenting educators.

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