Following on from the University of Melbourne research into “Investigating the Needs, Gaps and Barriers to Mental Health Care for Mothers of Children with a Disability”, the results of this research project are being presented in a seminar that (also available via webinar) for health professionals and parents alike.
Supporting the mental health of parents: Opportunities for intervention
Date: Tuesday 21 June, 10-11am AEST
Webinar: Register online here.
· Elise Davis | Associate Director | The Jack Brockhoff Child Health & Wellbeing Program
· Kim-Michelle Gilson | Research Fellow | University of Melbourne
· Joan Gains | CRE-CP Community Representative | Research Assistant, University of Melbourne
· Helen Bourke-Taylor | Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy | Australian Catholic University
This seminar will showcase new research in the CRE-CP focusing on the mental health care needs of parents of children with a disability and innovative practices to support parental mental health. New quantitative research on the mental health care needs and preferences of 300 mothers of children with a disability will be presented, in addition to qualitative research with mothers and professionals. The presentation will highlight the barriers for mothers in accessing support for their mental health and their preferences for support from the child health and disability service system, as well as professionals’ experiences in supporting mothers’ mental health. The seminar will also focus on opportunities to better support mothers’ mental health from the individual level to the broader service system.