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PANDA – Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia – supports the mental health of parents and families during pregnancy and in their first year of parenthood. Perinatal mental health challenges are serious and can involve a lot of stigma. It can affect up to one in five expecting or new mums and one in ten expecting or new dads.

PANDA’s vision is a world where perinatal mental health is understood and valued.

PANDA operates Australia’s only National Helpline for individuals and their families that provides access to counselling and information to assist with perinatal mental health issues. Our Helpline, 1300 726 306, operates Monday to Saturday (and public holidays) from 9am – 7:30pm AEST and is staffed by trained and experienced counsellors and volunteers.

OUR VISION AND PURPOSE PANDA’s vision is a world where perinatal mental health is understood and valued. Where the health care system meets the needs of all people and where stigma and barriers to seeking help no longer exist. We want people to know how and where they can access support and empower themselves to be the best they can be in the perinatal period and beyond. Through the voices of people who have lived experience, their family, carers and supporters, we inform governments, planners, providers, employers and the wider community to understand and support people experiencing perinatal mental health issues. PANDA’s national perinatal mental health helpline is Australia’s only free, national helpline service for people affected by perinatal mental health challenges. The Helpline provides a safe and confidential space for any new or expecting parent struggling with the challenges of becoming a new parent. Our highly trained and caring counsellors can help you work through your challenges by talking openly and honestly about your thoughts, feelings and experiences.

CARE COORDINATION PROGRAM (VICTORIA AND ADELAIDE) The Care Coordiantion program provides ongoing counselling and support for expecting and new parents with more complex perinatal mental health experiences.

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS TRAINING PANDA’s health professionals training upskills health professionals in managing disclosure, providing appropriate referrals and facilitating ongoing support for people experiencing perinatal mental health challenges.


PANDA is the only organisation is Australia to offer a free, nationwide secondary consultation service for health professionals with a specialist focus on perinatal mental health.

We are committed to providing health professionals with the evidence and practice-based information and tools they need when caring for the mental health and wellbeing of expecting and new parents, their babies and support people.

COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS PROGRAM PANDA’s Community Champions program is a national network of volunteers who champion PANDA’s mission to support families in a positive transition to early parenthood.

CLINICAL CHAMPIONS PROGRAM PANDA’s Clinical Champions program is a national network of clinicians and health professionals working in perinatal mental health and who help PANDA champion and support mental health in the perinatal period.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION PANDA volunteers share their own stories and run educational activities to raise awareness of perinatal mental health in new parent groups, playgroups and other community settings.




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