Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Special Interest Group

The ACMHN Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (PIMH) Special Interest Group (SIG) is for mental health nurses and other interested people in the field of perinatal and infant mental health.

Perinatal mental health describes the emotional and psychological wellbeing of parents and their baby from the time of conception up until one year postnatally. This period of time for most families can be one of immense joy, however, this is not the case for everyone. For some parents adjusting to pregnancy and parenting can be distressing and stressful. This can lead to a range of emotions that can advance to perinatal depression, anxiety, and or other related conditions. If left untreated depression and or anxiety can affect the health of women, their partner, their babies and the family dyad.  

Mental health nurses provide a wealth of knowledge and are well positioned to provide mental health support to women and families during the perinatal period. This is achieved by providing but not limited to specialist mental health assessment and treatment recommendations, brief psychological intervention, and lifestyle and emotional health issues. 


Centre of Perinatal Excellence guidelines

This guideline provides a reliable reference for health professionals providing care to women in the perinatal period.  It aims to improve a woman’s experience of pregnancy and early parenthood, her emotional wellbeing, her safety, and outcomes for all families.

Centre of Perinatal Excellence basic skills in perinatal mental health training

This course outlines key components of knowledge and skills required to undertake screening and management of perinatal mental health disorders. 

Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Australia 

Perinatal Depression & Anxiety Australia is an organisation that supports women, men, and families affected by anxiety and depression during and after pregnancy. They offer numerous resources, workshops, programs, and a national helpline.

Join the SIG

Through our e-list network, members of the PIMH SIG can directly communicate with each other and stay up-to-date.

Join the SIG 

You will need to log into the membership portal first to join.