In WA, 20% of women experience a perinatal mental health disorder in the perinatal period and ~15% of infants show emerging mental health concerns.

Research demonstrates the profound negative impact this can have on lifelong child outcomes.

Despite this growing mental health crisis, there are only a few clinical services in Western Australia dedicated to perinatal and infant mental health (PIMH) in WA or training programs to build required skills to support families during this life stage.

Proof of the value of P2P to families and the community has been demonstrated. A 4-year pilot of P2P gathered comprehensive outcomes data for 140 families who completed P2P intervention, including 50 semi-structured interviews with families.

The outcome data demonstrated significant improvements across validated measures of parental depression, parental anxiety and parental warmth towards their baby.
Families’ feedback has provided compelling evidence for the value of the service and positive changes experienced in parental wellbeing and parent-infant relationships.

A parent reflection that typifies many responses: ‘This program should get ALL the funding. Saved the life of my baby and kept my family together through an incredibly rough time with PND’.

The next stage is to provide proof of value to a broader stakeholder network.

  • Lim, I., Newman-Morris, V., Hill, R., Hoehn, E., Kowalenko, N., Matacz, R., & Sundram, S. (2022). You can’t have one without the other: The Case for integrated perinatal and infant mental health services. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 00048674221083874.
  • Matacz, R., & Priddis, L. (2022). “Yes, the 'terrible twos' are full-on – but let's look at things from a child's perspective”. The Conversation.
  • Matacz, R., Priddis, L., & Wedge, K. (2021). Shake, Rattle and Roll: Reorienting a System and Co-Creating a “Whole of Organization” Community of Reflective Practice. ZERO TO THREE Journal, 41(Supp.).
  • Kiely, D. and Fitzgerald, H. and Matacz, R. and Priddis, L. and Bayes, S. and Barratt-Pugh, C. & Pooley, J. (2019) Better together: supporting perinatal and infant mental health services. Perth, WA.
  • Matacz, R., & Aksakoğlu, Y. (2018) Knitting an International Network in the Infancy and Early Childhood Field: International Perspectives of the ZERO TO THREE Fellowship 2016–2018. ZERO TO THREE, 38(4), 67-69.
  • Coo, S., Somerville, S., Matacz, R., & Byrne, S. (2018). Development and preliminary evaluation of a group intervention targeting maternal mental health and mother–infant interactions: a combined qualitative and Case series report. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 36(3), 327-343.
  • Matacz, R., & Priddis, L. (2016). Building Competency in Infant Mental Health Practice: The Edith Cowan University Pregnancy to Parenthood Clinic. ZERO TO THREE, 37(1), 14-21.
  • Priddis, L. E., Matacz, R., & Weatherston, D. (2015). Building a Workforce Competency Based Training Program in Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health. Infant mental health journal, 36(6), 623-631.
  • Matacz, R., & Priddis, L. (2015). Responding to the identified need to build workforce capacity in Infant Mental Health: Launch of the AAIMHI WA Competency Guidelines® in Western Australia. Perspectives in Infant Mental Health, 23(3), 15-18.
  • Matacz, R., & Priddis, L. (2015). Responding to the identified need to build workforce capacity in Infant Mental Health: Launch of the AAIMHI WA Competency Guidelines® in Western Australia. World Association for Infant Mental Health, Summer, 15-18.


The Birth of a Mother: How the Motherhood Experience Changes You Forever

Daniel Stern & Nadia Bruschweiler-Stern, Basic Books, 1998

  • Touchpoints: Birth to Three
    T. Berry Brazelton, Hachette Books, 2002
  • You and Your Baby: Baby’s Emotional Life
    Frances Thomson-Salo Karnac 2005
  • Diary of a Baby: What your baby sees, feels, and experiences
    Daniel Stern, Harper Collins London, 1990
  • The Emotional Life of the Toddler
    Alicia Lieberman, Free Press New York, 1993
  • Touchpoints: Three to Six
    T. Berry Brazelton, Hachette Books, 2002
  • Mastering Anger and Aggression: The Brazelton Way
    T. Berry Brazelton & Joshua Sparrow, Hachette Books, 2005
  • Parenting from the Inside Out
    Daniel Siegel & Mary Hartzell, Tarcher/ Penguin New York, 2003
  • The Whole-Brain Child
    Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, Delacorte Press, 2011
  • No-Drama Discipline
    Daniel Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson, Bantam, 2014
  • Couple Relationship
    And Baby Makes Three
    John & Julie Gottman, Three Rivers Press, 2007

Supports and Websites

The Ngala Parenting Line operates as a call back service. To request a call from the Parenting Line, contact 9368 9368 or a web request can be made via the link below. The free call number for country callers using a landline is 1800 111 546.

The Ngala Parenting Line service operates between 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, including public holidays.

PANDA’s National Perinatal Mental Health Helpline is a free national helpline for people affected by changes to their mental health and emotional wellbeing during the perinatal period.

Tel: 1300 726 306

Hours: 10am to 5pm AEST, Monday to Friday

Gidget Foundation Australia exists to support the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents to ensure they receive timely, appropriate and specialist care

Beyond Blue provide a 24hour phone and online chat support service.

Position statements on a range of important issues relating to the experiences and needs of babies

An Australian parenting website providing parenting videos, articles and apps.

An American website providing a range of helpful resources for parents with infants and very young children (0-3 years).

An American website that provides helpful information for parents on infant patterns of crying from 2 weeks to 3-4 months of age. Common characteristics of this developmental stage are captured in the acronym ‘PURPLE’.

Please note, P2P is not a crisis response service. In case of an emergency or crisis please dial 000 or visit your nearest Emergency Department. If you are in crisis or need an urgent response, please contact Crisis Care on 9223 1111 or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222 if your child is unwell.
Alternatively, please call your local hospital or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Metro Tel: 1300 555 788 (local call)
Peel Tel: 1800 676 822 (free call)

Call 13YARN (13 92 76) They provide crisis support 24/7 to yarn with you without judgement and provide a confidential, culturally safe space to yarn about your needs, worries or concerns. They will work with you to explore options for on-going support. You know you will be connected to another Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person who will understand.

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