Participating in our research studies
Would you like to be part of our exciting research?
We are now recruiting for a number of research programs focusing
on women's, mother's and infant's mental health and are interested
in hearing from women from all walks of life.
To find out if you are eligible to participate in any of our
research studies, please contact Nicole Reilly, our Perinatal
Research Coordinator on (02) 9715 9224.
What will participants in our research be asked to do?
This will be different for each research
program. Our research participants are usually asked to fill in
questionnaires; others also involve a clinical interview. Some of
our research programs follow mothers and families over time – from
pregnancy through to the first year or two after having a baby.
These longitudinal programs usually involve observation of the
mother-infant relationship as well as assessment of infant
developmental milestones across the early years.
It is important to know that in any
publication or report, information will be provided in such a way
that participants cannot be identified.
What are the benefits of joining in our research?
Participating in research can be a great way
to hear about new studies and information as it becomes available.
Research findings can also enhance the expertise of clinicians,
inform new treatment programs, and help us identify new research
questions that can be examined in the future.
While we cannot guarantee that participants
will receive any benefits from a particular study, many women
appreciate feedback regarding changes in mood during the antenatal
and postnatal period, as well as their baby’s development. Other
women who have participated in our past projects have also said
that they are happy to participate if it means new knowledge can be
used to help others.