The teams at Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) and Transitioning Well have come together to develop a pilot Perinatal Workplace Wellbeing Program (PWWP).
Both COPE and Transitioning Well are organisations focused on improving quality of life by supporting people with the emotional aspects of transition. The teams bring a wealth of experience in the development and implementation of training and education programs, which have been successfully delivered across a range of workplaces and industries, including the at-risk industries selected to pilot the program.
The program is specifically designed to support and make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of expectant and new parents during the *perinatal period in Victorian workplaces.
The aim of the program is to create organisational change to provide working environments that impact positively on the mental health and wellbeing of these workers. Working with key industries, this change will be achieved via a comprehensive workplace training, assessment and support package. Results will show an increase in wellbeing both at individual and organisational levels, and promote cultural change across industries.
Outcomes for the program are based on building individual and organisational capacity to understand the nature of the perinatal transition for workers, whilst piloting organisational level interventions to help create a supportive workplace environment.
* prior to birth, through pregnancy and the first year of a child's life.
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