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Parent-Infant Research Institute Inc

Babies, Mothers, Parenting, Postnatal Depression, Parent-In

In Australia, 40,000 women a year suffer post natal depression by the time their baby is 3 months old.  Early intervention and treatment is critical for mothers, babies and their partners and families - hence our mission statement is "investing in the earliest years to build a brighter future".  

What do we do?

The Parent Infant Research Institute (PIRI) based in Melbourne Victoria conducts world leading research into early infancy, parenting and effective intervention strategies to support mothers, babies and families and enhance their emotional well being.

   To assist mothers and their babies, PIRI has developed a Community HUGS program which is offered in local communities by health professionals and has transformed the lives of many women and their families.

PIRI also operates an early intervention Infant Clinic to provide direct clinical assistance and support to mothers, babies and families at a time when they are in distress and socially isolated due to post natal depression or other parenting difficulties.  We assist hundreds of women each year to overcome perinatal mental health issues.

How will your funds be used?

  • Help us to continue to provide the PIRI Infant Clinic [4 days a week] to treat and support mothers, babies and their families who are in distress.
  • Enable us to continue to offer the Community HUGS program to help mothers recover their relationship with their babies after postnatal depression.
  • Support research into the effects of antenatal depression on the developing infant.
  • Support our cutting-edge research into how to help parents manage their premature infants in the neonatal care nursery to protect them from the impact of stressful procedures.
  • Assist us to make representations to the Commonwealth and State Governments to fund public health initiatives directed to parent and infant mental health, such as community screening for post natal depression.
  • Support us in training health professionals to assess and treat parent mental health issues and maximize infant development.  

Why give to PIRI?

We are a small not-for-profit organisation that conducts internationally recognised research and some amazing direct intervention programs which support mothers and babies.  Our incredibly small budget is largely dependent on obtaining research grants, and your funds will directly help us to continue to offer these programs to more women and families, as well as support our critical research into early infancy, parenting and effective intervention strategies.

   Find out more at or email us at or call us on (03) 9496 4496

Contact Details

Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital 300 Waterdale Road

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.