Bilateral Primary Care Professional Exchange for perinatal mental health promotion

14 September 2017

Sector: Education and Australian Studies

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: Monash University

Project description

This project aims to exchange health professional education for perinatal, postpartum mental health promotion.

Japanese governments and health professionals recognise the urgent need to address the high prevalence of postnatal depression in Japan.  Monash University has developed and tested What Were We Thinking (WWWT), an innovative gender-informed psychoeducational program for parents of first babies, which led to a proven significant reduction of postnatal mental health problems among women in Australia.  Monash has a long collaboration with academics and midwives from Juntendo University School of Nursing.  This project will see Monash and Juntendo Universities working together to adapt WWWT for use in Japan.


Key dates:

  • Advanced WWWT Training Course, Tokyo, 03 November 2017 to 04 July 2017
  • Perinatal Mental Health Symposium, Tokyo, 05 November 2017

Social media:, Public Health and Preventive Medicine website

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $8,800.00 (GST inclusive)

Total project value: $31,600.00

Last Updated: 14 September 2017
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Front cover of What Were We Thinking Programme Parent Materials. Credit: Monash University