The Perinatal Community Mental Health Team is an outpatient service providing perinatal mental health treatment for parents and infants in the perinatal period.

What we do?

The Perinatal Community Team see parents/families through pregnancy and up until the infant is 12 months of age.

People often associate perinatal mental health with women or mothers, but we recognize the diversity in parenting and the unique needs and can provide treatment for all parents including dads.

We work collaboratively with families to assess and treat the mental health of the parent and support and strengthen the attachment and relationship between parent and infant within your home environment.

What can you expect?

Once you have been referred to the Perinatal Community Team, we will be in contact with you to book a time to see you and complete a comprehensive assessment to better understand you and how we can support you and your family and be able to discuss your treatment options.

We have a range of perinatal specialist staff within our team including Psychiatrists, Doctors and Mental Health Clinicians with a wide multidisciplinary approach.

We can provide a range of biological, psychological and family focused community-based treatments, which means this occurs as an outpatient or in your own environment.

We work closely with the Parent & Infant Unit, and an inpatient admission may be considered as part of your treatment if this is suitable. You can find more information about the Parent & Infant Unit here.

We have a collaborative approach with families, setting individual treatment plans and encouraging partners or your support people to also be involved in your recovery.

Who do we care for?

We provide inpatient care for parents during pregnancy up until your infant is 12 months of age.

We care for people living in the Grampians Area Mental Health Service which includes the following municipalities;

Grampians Area Mental Health

  • City of Ballarat
  • City of Hindmarsh
  • Shire of West Wimmera
  • City of Horsham
  • Shire of Yarriambiac
  • Shire of Northern Grampians
  • Ararat Rural City
  • Shire of Hepburn
  • Pyrenees Shire Council
  • Shire of Moorabool
  • Golden Plains Shire

How to access this service?

For clients:
You can refer yourself or someone that you’re concerned about to our Mental Health Service by calling our Access and Triage Team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for information, assessment and referral.

For health professionals:
Health Professionals can refer directly through to the Access and Triage team.
If the referral is non-urgent, and does not require an immediate or urgent response, a referral letter may be faxed. Title: Attention Access and Triage Team – Perinatal Fax: (03) 5320 4028

Access and Triage: 1300 247 647
Please follow prompts to make “new referral” and “Ballarat region”.
All perinatal triages for the Grampians and South West regions are taken by our Ballarat Access and Triage Team.

Have something to tell us? We welcome all feedback from patients, family members or carers. Tell us more.