It was a successful second year for Gidget House, our free counselling service in North Sydney. Gidget House psychologists have seen nearly 400 individual patients and had over 2,000 appointments. A huge thank you to our team at Gidget House for their commitment and for providing personalised professional care. Next year we will be expanding our services to regional areas and other Australian cities, via Skype sessions!
Emotional Wellbeing Program
Supported by the nib foundation, this program has been supporting pregnant women at North Shore Private Hospital since March 2011. Since inception, over 3,000 women have had appointments with Gidget midwives. We’re extremely excited to announce that the Gidget Foundation will soon be expanding the program to the Mater Hospital.
Education and awareness
We continue to make presentations on perinatal health to medical students, health professionals and community groups. In September we featured in the Advice Hub at the Baby and Toddler Show in Sydney. The Gidget Foundation Breakfast at the Australasian Marce Conference in Adelaide included a thought provoking presentation by Vijay Roach.
Our small research team has been busy. We have presented papers at a number of Scientific Conferences this year including the World Congress of O&G Brisbane, ASPOG Melbourne, SJOG Sydney, Marce Adelaide, Sri Lanka, FIGO Vancouver. Our first paper has been accepted for publication in a peer reviewed journal.
The Gidget Foundation Scholarship
For many years the Gidget Foundation has funded an annual scholarship for a Tresillian nurse to complete a Mental Health Course to compliment the skills they already have in child and family health care. This year the scholarship was awarded to 2 outstanding candidates, Megan Sena
and Julie Maddox
. Congratulations ladies!
Our new website went live in mid October! Take a look if you haven’t already at www.gidgetfoundation.com.au
. If you have any photos of events or stories you would like to share please let us know. Thank you to Stephen Moylan from WordPress Blog Help
who did an amazing job building our new website in a short timeframe.