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Happy New Year!  Kung Hai Fat Choy! 

Dear friends,

As another year begins we can pause and reflect on the past 12 months. Life for the Gidget Foundation has been busy, thanks to the continuing support we receive from so many talented and passionate people.

Thank you to all the wonderful people who have supported us on our journey over the years.  We continue to grow and evolve as our networks broaden.  The very special achievement last year was the establishment of Gidget House  —  a long held dream of Gidget’s friends and family has finally been realised.

New Year is often a time full of hope with plans and dreams for the next 12 months. Please give some thought to vulnerable families experiencing perinatal anxiety and depression.  A kind gesture can mean so much to mothers and fathers who are struggling with their mood. 

Wishing you all the best for 2015.
Gidget Foundation team

We're one year old!

Clinical services began in February 2014 at Gidget House and we have a brilliant team of enthusiastic psychologists. We provide free psychological support for parents experiencing anxiety and depression during pregnancy and up to one year after birth. The number of parents accessing Gidget House has continued to grow, confirming that there is a real need for this service in northern Sydney. To Date Gidget House psychologists have seen over 140 patients and had over 800 appointments. Funding to maintain the service at Gidget House is a priority.

Emotional Wellbeing Program (EWP)

The EWP at North Shore Private Hospital continues to grow and flourish. This unique program has been made possible through a generous grant from the nib foundation. Modeled on national guidelines from evidenced based recommendations the EWP remains the only such program in a private hospital. Evaluations are ongoing leading to the writing of papers and conference presentations.At NSPH nearly 2000 pregnant mothers have benefitted from the opportunity to discuss their emotional health with a Gidget Midwife.

Professor Bryanne Barnett has provided us all with invaluable professional guidance for the EWP and Gidget House projects.

Corporate sponsorship

We are looking for companies interested in becoming a Gidget House corporate partner. For more information on how we can help your organisation and how you can help support the families seeking help at Gidget House please email us at:

Thank you!

Thank you to the ongoing support from PwC, Herbert Smith Freehills, nib foundation and Jubilee Stationery World.


Gidget Goes to Rio Ball
Our Gidget Goes to Rio ball in May 2014 was a celebration of feathers, fruitbowls and samba.  What a blast and a fabulous way to raise awareness and much needed funds!

Dick Smith Foods $1million giveaway

Thankyou to all those that sent photos and voted for the Gidget Foundation in the Dick Smith Foods competition. We were successful in winning a $20,000 donation! The Gidget Foundation also featured in a segment on the competition that ran on Channel 9’s A Current Affair. We hope that this publicity also helped raise awareness of perinatal depression and the work of the Gidget Foundation.

Running Events

Thank-you also to all those who participated in running events and chose to raise money for the Gidget Foundation; Zsa-Zsa Bowie Wilson who participated in the Sydney Running Festival, Anita Mertkhanian who participated in Sydney Harbour 10k run and Patricia Durning who participated in the City2Surf along with Team Gidget and Premier Mike Baird. A big thank you!

Glenmore Spring Ladies' Lunch

There were other events during the latter half of this year that raised funds for the Gidget Foundation including the Glenmore Spring Ladies lunch and the Melbourne Cup lunch. Every donation counts and these events also raise awareness of the work of the Gidget Foundation.

Bun in the Oven

Our final fundraising event for the year was launched in Postnatal Depression Awareness Week. By asking people to host ‘Bun in the Oven’ events we hoped to provide everyone with an outlet for party creativity.  Thank you to those who supported us.


Donations to the Gidget Foundation
You can now donate online to the Gidget Foundation. Donate now to make an online donation using the secure GiveNow website. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible and you will receive an automatic receipt. Your donation will be used to help fund Gidget Foundation initiatives and programs designed to raise awareness, provide information and offer support to families affected by perinatal depression. We really appreciate every bit of support!
Message from the Chairman

Dr Vijay Roach

Dear Gidget family and friends,

I am writing on behalf of the Board and Committee of the Gidget Foundation to express my gratitude to you for your support in 2014. Our small organisation is only able to punch above its weight because of your passion and genuine commitment.  I also want to reassure you that your involvement and donations do make a significant difference.

2015 promises to be an exciting year for the Gidget Foundation. Our services at Gidget House, and the Emotional Wellbeing Program will continue to grow and support new parents.  We will present at national and international conferences on perinatal anxiety and depression, partner with corporations to take the message to parents in the workplace and continue our role as the peak consumer body in perinatal mental health.

Thank you for enabling us to make an impact. Start Talking!


Employment opportunity 

Gidget House Practice Manager / Gidget Foundation Administration role
We are looking to employ a suitable person to work as the Practice Manager at Gidget House. This person will also be responsible for administration activities for the Foundation. The role is casual and the hours flexible dependent on psychologist availability.
Estimated 20-30 hours per week.
The successful candidate will have
  • An understanding of perinatal anxiety and depression;
  • Interpersonal and communication skills displaying insight and empathy;
  • Computer literacy with experience in Microsoft office software and database management; and
  • Organisational and administrative skills.
For a more detailed position description or to submit an application, please email:

Gidget Ladies' Lunch 2015

Our much anticipated Ladies' Lunch 2015 will be held in June this year (date to be confirmed). Our Ladies’ lunches are lively and entertaining events, and a celebration of friendship. The lunch normally sells out quickly so please watch this space for booking details. For more details contact Simone at:

Your Pregnancy Matters presents: 

Keeping Motherhood Real 

Thursday 26 & Friday 27th FebruaryNovotel Manly Pacific Hotel
  • First release 2015 Australian perinatal research
  • Incorporating 2015 IPT Theory, Practice & Skills for the Perinatal Period
  • Top international and national presenters
  • CPE Points (Up to 16pts) apply
For more information please contact: Sue Hawkins at:

Book: Beyond the Baby Blues

Beyond the Baby Blues is the first comprehensive Australian resource guide to perinatal depression and anxiety (PND). This second edition (2014) is updated and readers will receive solid scientific advice combined with the experiences of individuals and families affected and the professionals who treat them. Caring professionals, family members and friends explain how they helped PND sufferers, as well as how their involvement affected their own lives, while self-care strategies will help parents take care of themselves and their families throughout life.

This book is supportive and encouraging. It is deeply personal yet steeped in science.

Paperback, ISBN: 9780980812947, $34.99 

To order you copy go to ABC Shop:

DVD: Behind the Mask, the hidden struggles with parenthood

Behind the Mask: The Hidden struggle of Parenthood was a collaborative project between PANDA (The Post and Antenatal Depression Association) and the Gidget Foundation, and was professionally produced by Australian Business Theatre and is proudly supported by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing, The Victorian Department of Health and the NSW Department of Health. $32.00

To order you copy go to

Brochure: Welcome to parenthood

A5 brochure that gently explains the symptoms and treatments options for those that may be experiencing perinatal anxiety and or depression. 

To order copies of our brochure email:


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