Parental-Leave Transition Training

Perinatal Workplace Well-being

The successful transition from ‘Working Person’ to ‘Working Parent’ has a direct impact upon your employee’s health and your company’s bottom line. This 1.5 hour workshop builds upon existing workplace mental health programs to provide knowledge and practical strategies to help mitigate workplace risk across the perinatal period.

The cost of lost productivity in the workplace is estimated to cost $158M for mothers in one year if postnatal depression is not addressed and $68M for fathers.

- PWC, 2013


  1. 1 in 7 new mums[2] and 1 in 10 new dads[3] suffer from postnatal depression. Even more people experience anxiety and many (around half) experience depression and anxiety at the same time.
  2. Compared to many other life stages, the transition to parenthood is a high-risk time to experience psychological distress or develop/have a reoccurrence of a mental health condition.
  3. Lost productivity due to perinatal depression is estimated to cost Australian workplaces $310.34M each year[4].


Underpinned by the National Perinatal Practice Guidelines and in partnership with the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), this evidence-based program has been designed by leading experts to address the significant personal, social, and economic impacts on Australian workplaces of untreated perinatal mental health.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivered by senior consultant psychologists and available nationwide, this workshop will:

  • Increase knowledge transfer of the personal and financial costs of perinatal mental health;
  • Identify the risks associated with the perinatal period from a workplace perspective, including fear of disclosure;
  • Develop concrete strategies to identify and respond to perinatal mental health for both men and women;
  • Provide information on where and how to access resources for timely and appropriate pathways to care; and
  • Develop practical skills and strategies to manage perinatal mental health issues at work.


[1] Valuing Perinatal Mental Health (2013). The consequences of not treating perinatal depression and anxiety. Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) and Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC).

[2] Wisner, K.L., et al (2013). Onset Timing, Thoughts of Self-Harm, and Diagnoses in Postpartum Women with Screen-Positive Depression Findings. JAMA Psychiatry, 70 (5): 490-498.

[3] Price-Robertson, R. (2015). Fatherhood and Mental Illness:  A review of the issues. Australian Institute of Family Studies. CFCA Paper No. 30.

[4] The costs of Perinatal Depression in Australia (2012). Final Report. Post and Antenatal Depression Association (PANDA) and Deloitte.

We provide a range of services focused on supporting organisations and their people before, during and after significant life-cycle transitions at work. Operating across Australia, our team of psychologists are passionate about providing the highest level of care to our clients.

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Malvern East, VIC 3145

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