Message from the CEO
Our first Gidget Foundation newsletter provides us with an opportunity to share some of our activities and achievements with our community of supporters. Education and awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression is our mission and therefore much of our work involves speaking at community and professional forums and engaging with the media in order to spread our message more broadly.
In October I travelled to Paris to present two papers at the International Biennial Congress of the Marce Society International Conference. The theme was 'Taking action around childbirth together' and research was presented from around the world. It was apparent that perinatal mental health care in Australia is of a comparatively high standard but that clinicians throughout the world face similar issues regarding frustrations around funding and policy.
At a recent forum in Cowra we discussed the need to continue to raise the profile of perinatal anxiety and depression. This is such a common condition, yet, even in 2012 it is still surrounded by misinformation and stigma. For many women it is a well kept secret and is often surrounded by feelings of guilt and failure, which prevents parents sharing their true feelings. Hence why the Gidget Foundation encourages community members and health professionals to Start Talking!
This year I have been undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact through the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW. Stimulating and challenging, the course is providing me with a range of tools that can be applied to the organisation of the Gidget Foundation. We are a small but growing organisation with a new Board and a new General Manager that bring with them a wealth of corporate and industry experience to help take the Gidget Foundation forward.
Personal relationships are integral to the success of the Gidget Foundation. We are lucky to have some special relationships with some wonderful people which has led to the formation of a unique community of supporters.
It is a privilege to be surrounded by such inspiring people.
Wishing you all the best for a relaxing Christmas and a happy 2013.