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Psychologists’ Expertise in Perinatal health and wellbeing (physical and psychological), and their roles in working with perinatal women: The PEP Study

The purpose of this study is to investigate what expertise psychologists have in *perinatal health and
wellbeing (physical and psychological), and how they approach their role in working with perinatal
women. No study has done this either in Australia or internationally.
*perinatal = the time around pregnancy, labour, birth and after the birth up to 12 months for women and their families

The benefits of this study are to:
~ gain a much needed understanding of the nature and context of Australian psychologists who
work with perinatal women;
~ evaluate the use and appropriateness of *Medicare Item 81000;
~ consider suitable model(s) of psychological care for perinatal women;
~ identify the education, professional support and ongoing professional development needs of
psychologists who work with perinatal women.
These benefits will be of advantage to perinatal women and their families in enabling them to access
psychologists with specific knowledge and preparation for their roles as well as ongoing professional
development so they can provide optimum services to perinatal women and their families.

*Medicare Item 81000 offers pregnancy support counselling to assist females who have any personal
concerns related to a current or recent pregnancy within the past 12 months, whether it has been
full-term or part-term (including a planned termination). The pregnancy support counselling Medicare
Item covers up to three 30 minute+ sessions with a psychologist per pregnancy.

Participants will be asked to complete an electronic survey which will ask them to indicate their
responses to a series of items. Many of the items require selection from a choice of options provided
and others require short written responses.

There are no foreseeable risks, side effects, discomforts, inconveniences and/or restrictions for
participants involving themselves in this research. A participant may withdraw from this study at any time
without obligation, prejudice or consequence. Participants’ privacy and confidentiality are protected as this is an anonymous electronic survey and no personal details are requested. Consent is implied by
participation. The results of this research will be disseminated via publication in relevant journals and if
appropriate via presentation of conference paper(s).

The researcher is – Dr Heather Hancock
Provisional Psychologist/Master of Psychology (Health) Student
School of Psychology
The University of Adelaide
Telephone 0414499544

The supervisor for this research is – Professor Helen Winefield
School of Psychology
The University of Adelaide
Telephone 83033172 (Mondays and Tuesdays) 82225153 (Wednesdays and Fridays)

This research has been approved by the Human Ethics Subcommittee of the School of Psychology of The University of Adelaide. For any questions about the Ethics Approval for this research please contact –
Convenor – Associate Professor Paul Delfabbro
Telephone 83034936