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COPE - Centre of Perinatal Excellence

COPE's purpose is to prevent and improve the quality of life of those living with emotional and mental health problems that occur prior to and within the perinatal period.

COPE achieves this through six strategic objectives:
  • support and advise a national framework for perinatal mental health - through working with the Commonwealth, states and territories, professional bodies and consumer organisations
  • support best practice - through the development and dissemination of fully accredited online training, information and resources for health professionals to ensure the implementation of best practice
  • national data analytics - through the development of innovative screening and data management systems, COPE is working to facilitate national data collection, to inform the outcomes of screening and advise policy and service delivery
  • community awareness - COPE works with others to raise awareness of emotional and mental health conditions through innovative campaigns and strategies. They also address the observed high rates of stigma that currently prevents disclosure and early help-seeking
  • integration with support services - COPE is committed to working with support services at a local, state or national level to respond to and support women and families in need
  • research and advocacy - through working with world-leading experts, COPE will support the much-needed research required to build knowledge and bridge the gaps that currently exist in the provision of evidence-based screening and treatment practices.

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Last reviewed: December 2015

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Information for grandparents - COPE

The transition to grandparenthood is not always as straight forward as we anticipated, and is likely to vary greatly from what it was when you had young children.

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Preparing for pregnancy

Once you have decided to start a family, there are ways you can start preparing yourself for pregnancy - physically, mentally and psychologically.

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Information for colleagues - COPE

Parents experiencing mental health conditions prior to/following the birth of a baby, may have a significant impact on their home, work life and colleagues.

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Preparing for birth - COPE

As birth experiences vary greatly, there are a number of useful tips and strategies to guide you when preparing for birth.

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Impact of a new baby on your life

For many fathers, the birth of their baby marks the official 'beginning' of fatherhood - when reality really hits and you see the impact on your life.

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Working through Pregnancy

Working through pregnancy can present many challenges for some women. With the substantial changes in a womans body throughout pregnancy, it is no wonder that some women can struggle

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It's not happening! - unsuccessful attempts to become pregnant - COPE

when you realise that you have been unsuccessful when trying to fall pregnant and that it's not happening it's natural to feel frustrated and disappointed when you realise at each cycle and it's not happening

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Managing expectations in pregnancy - COPE

It is important to try an be aware of what your expectations are with respect to having a baby - what it is going to be like, how you will feel and cope.

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Moving through parental leave - COPE

Moving through parental leave tranistions can be an interesting time for many expectant and new parents. Below are some hints and strategies to help make this as smoothe as possible.

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Information for family and friends - COPE

Approaching and offering help and support to someone can be a highly positive experience, but may be a delicate situation for family and friends.

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