Systems strengthening

The PMHP strengthens systems for integration of maternal mental health services at scale.

System strengthening activities support existing health and social development systems through developing and sharing of maternal mental health resources and partnering with state agencies and non-profit organisations to integrate mental health into existing maternal services.

We provide clinical services to strengthen health systems at Hanover Park Midwife Obstetric Unit, demonstrating a model of integrating maternal mental health into primary antenatal care.

The PMHP model is based on a stepped care approach, which means that referrals are made to psychiatric services when necessary. We build partnerships with public services and civil society to promote outreach and sustainability of service delivery. 

Since inception up until end December 2020 the PMHP has



pregnant women



mothers in distress



individual sessions


The service at our site includes psychoeducation, screening, therapeutic counsellingpsychiatric carecase management and postnatal follow-up