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Secondary Consultation service: Support for health professionals

Free information and guidance for health professionals working with families in the perinatal period.

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PANDA is the only organisation in 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.

If you are a health professional supporting someone experiencing mental health distress during pregnancy or while caring for a baby, PANDA can equip you with expert guidance and information about supporting your client’s perinatal mental health and wellbeing.

PANDA support for health professionals

PANDA’s senior Helpline clinicians provide secondary consultations for a wide range of health professional enquiries:

Clinical consultations
  • Referral pathways for PANDA programs and services.​
  • Clinical case formulation.
  • Exploration of risk assessment and crisis management​ options.
  • Advice on treatment planning and/or treatment options, including safety planning.
  • Culturally sensitive, person-centred and trauma-informed best practice perinatal mental healthcare.
  • Specialist perinatal referral options for local, community-based supports in your client’s area.
Professional development
  • Information about evidence-based psycho-educational and therapeutic approaches to enhance perinatal mental health and psychosocial wellbeing outcomes.
  • Debriefing and reflecting on practice.
  • Support for Health Professionals to upskill in perinatal mental health, including information about upcoming educational and training opportunities in the perinatal sector.
  • Help exploring the PANDA Learning Hub​ and other resources.
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We speak to health professionals from every sector of perinatal care. From GPs and psychiatrists to maternal child health nurses, mental health clinicians, midwives and family support workers – if you have a query about perinatal mental health and pathways to care, we welcome your enquiry.

Accessing a secondary consultation​ with PANDA

There are two ways to request a secondary consultation with one of PANDA’s Secondary Consultation service clinicians:

PANDA’s Secondary Consultation Service is available Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm AEST/AEDT excluding public holidays.

If you would like to refer someone to PANDA, please complete the below form:

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