St Vincent’s Private Fitzroy celebrated their partnership with the Gidget Foundation by hosting an official opening of a new Gidget House on-site at the hospital.The Hon Daniel Andrews MP, Premier of Victoria kindly attended the opening, welcoming the service for expectant and new parents to Melbourne.
One in five new mums and one in ten new dads experience perinatal depression and anxiety during the perinatal period. Gidget House psychologists offer free individual counselling services to assist families through their journey into early parenthood.
The Gidget House located at St Vincent’s Private Fitzroy started operating via telehealth in August 2021. The launch marks the official opening and return to face-to-face appointments with 250 consultations already delivered online. The collaboration reinforces St Vincent’s commitment to further support mental health and emotional well-being of our maternity patients.
Janine Loader CEO, St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Melbourne said, “We are passionate about not only taking care of our patient’s physical wellbeing during pregnancy and postnatally, but also their emotional wellbeing.
“We are delighted to partner with Gidget Foundation Australia to provide this much-needed support to expectant and new parents throughout their journey. Together our focus on supporting new families align perfectly and so I know the support we are able to offer together will be extremely powerful.”
Gidget Foundation Australia CEO, Arabella Gibson, said, “Given the challenging times caused by the pandemic, it is now more important than ever for expectant and new parents across Australia to be able to access counselling in person again, in addition to online service via telehealth.
“This collaboration with St Vincent’s enables us to open our services to entirely new audience and it’s just terrific to provide a new safe space and encourage expectant and new parents to seek help if they need it.”
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