Parents’ perceptions and experiences of mental health support for mothers and fathers after the premature birth of their child(ren)

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Researchers at La Trobe University are seeking volunteer research participants to be involved in a study about parents' thoughts about parent mental health support after having a baby(ies) born prematurely. We are also interested to know what makes it easier or harder to access mental health supports.

We are looking for parents who:
• Are mothers or fathers of a child(ren) who was born prematurely (<32 weeks' gestational age) and was admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) or Special Care Nursery (SCN) in Australia
• Have a child(ren) who was born prematurely is currently aged between 1-10 years old
• Can speak and read English
• Agree to be audio-recorded during an interview
• Are not currently experiencing significant mental health difficulties or distress for which they are not accessing ongoing support for, such as with a psychologist.

What will I be asked to do?
If you decide to take part in the research, you will be invited to participate in an individual interview, conducted over zoom with a member(s) of the research team (approximately 45-minutes in duration). We will also invite you to provide some basic information about yourself and your family (5 minutes to complete). Your decision to participate in research is voluntary.

As a thank-you for your time, we will provide you with a $20 Coles or Woolworths Gift Card after the interview.

If you would like more information or are interested in being part of the study, please follow this link or contact the research team below:

  • Contact: Associate Professor Karli Treyvaud
  • School/Department: Department of Psychology, Counselling and Therapy
  • Email:
  • Phone: 03 9497 5050
  • Ethics Approval Number: HEC23109

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