Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic

Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre is opening a Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic to cater to women with serious mental illness in pregnancy and the postpartum.

Patient population
We see women with serious mental illness in pregnancy and the post-partum. We offer a pre-conception counselling service for women taking psychotropic medications to help them choose the safest alternative for their babies, and a secondary consultation service for psychiatrists and general practitioners to provide advice about safety of medications and risk management in pregnancy. We also aim to provide ongoing and coordinated care for women with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depressive disorder with suicidal ideation or other aspects of risk in pregnancy and the first year post-partum.
 
Research
Our research centre holds the National Register of Antipsychotic Medications in Pregnancy (NRAMP), which we consider to be an important public health initiative. We conduct research on the risks of all psychotropic medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding, and are also interested in using our interactions with the women in our clinic to inform research on the risks and challenges faced by women with mental illness in the perinatal period. We ask that all women consider this and sign a consent form if they wish to be involved in the research we conduct here. 

Location
Women will be seen in the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, which is located on the 4th floor at 607 St Kilda Road. This is a bulk billed clinic; there are no out-of-pocket expenses for women to attend. We ask that women bring their Medicare card with them to the appointment. This is a family friendly facility. Change mats and toys are available for babies and toddlers, who will need to be supervised by their parents or carers throughout the appointment. 

Teaching 

The Alfred Hospital is a teaching hospital, and as such medical students rotate through the clinic and will be present to observe patient appointments. All personal information disclosed during the appointment is confidential and will not be shared beyond the discussion within the room and in the multidisciplinary team meeting. Women will routinely receive the letter sent to their referrer to ensure that they are aware of the diagnoses and recommendations provided by the Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic.
 
Contact Us

Please contact reception on 9076 6564 and ask to speak with Cindy Yu if you have any further queries in relation to the clinic or the service we provide. Alternatively you may email Cindy at maprc.ppc@monash.edu with any enquiries.

 
Referrals may be directly faxed to 9903 0762.
 
We look forward to working with you!
 

 

 

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