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The Perinatal & Infant Mental Health LibGuide

This guide is a great first stop when looking for information and resources regarding perinatal and infant mental health. Check it out at:



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An email network for nurses & midwives interested in perinatal/infant mental health

During the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) 37th International Mental Health Nursing Conference (October 4th - 7th 2011), it was announced that the ACMHN would host the Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurse eNetwork.

The Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurse eNetwork aims to link peers for an exchange of information, support and ideas. Given the nature of this sub-speciality, Nurses working in this field don’t always have regular contact with peers who share perinatal & infant mental health experiences and interests. Although initiated by Perinatal Mental Health Nurses, other health professionals working closely with pregnant women, new mothers and their families are also invited to join. We recognise and value the partnerships we have with Midwives, Maternal, Child & Family Health Nurses, Indigenous Health Workers and other health professionals; we warmly welcome your contributions to the eNetwork.

The Perinatal & Infant Mental Health Nurse eNetwork is not moderated (ie: uncensored), but nuisance posts (abusive, racist, sexist, inappropriate advertising etc) will not be tolerated. As with other professional email networks and common netiquette, we expect the tone of the eNetwork to be casual, generous and supportive.

Does this sound of interest/assistance to your work? If so, please join our eNetwork & join our conversation by going to



ACMHN Perinatal Mental Health online CPD program

This is a 3 module continuing professional development program which is open to Australian College of Mental Health Nurses members (free) and non-member nurses and midwives ($33 including GST).

It has been designed to provide an overview of the main mental health issues surrounding the perinatal period and to introduce the concept of non-directive counselling as it pertains to this important stage of a woman's life.

Credentialed mental health nurses who undertake this program and who are registered with Medicare as having a provider number, will be eligible to provide up to 3 sessions of non-directive pregnancy counselling to clients referred by a GP under MBS Item Number 81010.

midplus_logo_175 This program is endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives and has been allocated 3 MidPLUS Points for Midwives who complete the program. The ACMHN will provide the ACM with a list of midwives who have successfully completed the program on a monthly basis.

The program takes a minimum of 3 hours, depending on how many of the links you choose to follow up on (3 CPD points allocated). Once you have completed the assessment quiz at the end of Module 3, you will be eligible for a Certificate of Participation which will be emailed to you within 14 days of completion. Click here to go to our CPD Perinatal eLearning page



Credentialed Mental Health Nurses with Perinatal MH Medicare certification

The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses provides the following information to women seeking non-directive pregnancy counselling. The following ACMHN members are Credentialed Mental Health Nurses who have undertaken the ACMHN Perinatal Mental Health online training program (previously called the Non-Directive Pregnancy Program) and who are registered with Medicare to provide services to women under Medicare Item Number 81010.

Under this item number, on referral from a GP, women can claim 3 sessions with a credentialed mental health nurses at a rebate of $57.50 per session.

For a list of Credentialed MHNs who have registered their services with us, please click here.



What are Special Interest Groups (SIGs)?

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are groups established by members of ACMHN who have an interest in facilitating, advancing and promoting a particular area of interest in mental health on behalf of the ACMHN. As part of the ACMHN membership package, members are offered the opportunity to join a SIG.

SIGs provide a network for members with shared interests and expertise to participate in the development of the specialist interest, exchange views, disseminate information, provide support, promote research, and organise activities such as conferences.


The ACMHN has a number of SIGs


How does a SIG operate?

Special Interest Groups are run by members and operate under the Constitution of the ACMHN and a Terms of Reference document.

Some SIGs have a committee, elected by the SIG membership, which is presided over by a Chairperson. Development and support is managed by the SIG committee through various activities which it determines.

Other SIGs are more like a collegial forum through which information can be spread and obtained.

The ACMHN provides a web-based communication facility for the SIG and manages the finances of the SIG. The SIG reports to the ACMHN Board.


How does a SIG communicate?

Members of a SIG who are currently financial members of ACMHN can participate in a SIG e-list. In addition, SIGs provide articles of interest for the ACMHN 'News' magazine - a quarterly publication.


Who establishes a SIG?

Members can initiate a proposal to the Board of Directors of ACMHN, via Enquiries (E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to establish a SIG. For a SIG to be formalised, it needs to be demonstrated that there is a significant interest amongst the broader membership in the interest group topic.