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National Telehealth Program for Families Experiencing Perinatal Depression and Anxiety

Gidget Foundation Australia’s Start Talking program provides free specialist perinatal telehealth psychological counselling services for expectant and new parents nationwide.

Services are provided by psychologists and social workers and are delivered via a video call service, similar to FaceTime or Skype.

Start Talking offers the same quality of care available through Gidget Foundation Australia’s face-to-face psychology services at Gidget House, affording quality treatment for those with limited access.

Support is also provided to people who have experienced a pregnancy or childbirth-related loss, such as stillbirth, miscarriage or termination, within the last 12 months.

Partners are also able to access our specialised services.

Our perinatal mental health specialists provide a minimum of 10 psychological counselling sessions free of charge within a calendar year. To access Start Talking, you will need a referral from a GP, including a mental health care plan.

Download our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about the Start Talking program.

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact our supportive staff by completing the form on the right.


Cancellation Policy

We understand that unexpected events may occur from time to time, however, we ask that you provide at least 48 hours’ notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. The clinician will receive no remuneration if you do not attend a booked appointment. We currently have a significant waiting list for Gidget Foundation services. If you miss your appointment or do not cancel with at least 48 hours’ notice, other clients will miss the opportunity to have an appointment. If more than one appointment is missed or cancelled with less than 48 hours notice you will be charged a Cancellation Fee of $150. If you do not attend a booked appointment and do not notify us to cancel beforehand, you will be charged a No Show fee of $150.

I will always be grateful for the support provided by Gidget Foundation Australia. I live in Regional NSW and after the birth of my first child I felt I could not get the help I needed without traveling long distances.

However, with my second child I was referred to the Start Talking service, this was a game changer for me. I was able to video conference with a qualified professional who really understood my needs, who also had the back up of an even bigger network of professionals. I had regular video conferences in my own home and then later from Hope cottage.

I was able to get the continuity of care I’d been missing from past experiences. I really think Gidget’s Start Talking service helped me navigate the challenges I felt with motherhood much better the second time around.

Letitia Bassingthwaighte

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If it wasn’t for the support I received from my ever so patient husband, and Gidget Foundation’s Start Talking service, I honestly don’t know where I’d be today.

Amy Harris

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