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News: Free PND clinic opens, have your say on child care

QUT Health Clinic for post-natal depressionAn Aussie-first free clinic has opened in Brisbane to help tackle depression for new and expecting mothers.

The White Cloud Foundation and QUT Health Clinic will run for six months and will offer access to a team of specialist health providers for the prevention of pre and post natal depression.

It is designed for mothers or mothers-to-be who recognise they are entering a difficult phase and require strategies to avoid progressing further into depression.

Patients will have access to treatment from a psychologist, exercise physiologist, nurse, social worker and dietician.

Health faculty Executive Dean Professor Ross Young says the clinic represents a holistic and collaborative approach.

“We all know that there is usually more than one things that can be done to help depression,” he says.

“But current methods rely on the patient to almost case manage themselves between multiple professionals.”

Please contact QUT Health Clinics – Psychology and Counselling – on 07 3138 0999 for further information or to make a booking.

Image caption: Ben Robert’s Smith VC, MG Patron of White Cloud Foundation, Justine Rizzi, Baby Byron, QUT’s Health Clinic Manager, Alison Vautin and Professor Adam Scott, Founder and Chairman of White Cloud Foundation.

Have your say on child care reform

You can have your say on how child care can be made more affordable, flexible and accessible.

The Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning is now undertaking public consulation on its draft report, which was released last month.

Federal Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley says people can leave a brief comment on the Commission’s website if they didn’t have time to lodge a formal submission.

“Our lives have never been busier and the opportunity to leave a brief comment makes it easier for people to have their say,” she said.

“Over 700,000 families currently use approved forms of child care in Australia and there are thousands more who rely on family and other informal arrangements.

Ms Ley said people could have their say, download the draft report or find dates for public hearings here: http://www.pc.gov.au/inquiries/completed/childcare.

Submissions close September 5.

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