The Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) is a vigorous and innovative Australian research institute whose vision is to improve the emotional well-being of parents and to optimise infant development. PIRI provides a unique contribution to early intervention by combining basic research and clinical expertise to address depression and other difficulties facing parents and infants. The Institute is a leading body recognized internationally for its cutting-edge research into perinatal depression and anxiety and translating research to practice.

PIRI’s 21 years of ground-breaking work has resulted in a suite of evidence-based programs that have and will continue to provide support to thousands of Australian mums, dads, children and their families. PIRI is a not-for-profit research institute which conducts international research and develops rigorously evaluated early intervention programs that enhance perinatal mental health and improve early parent-infant relationships (0-2 years). We remain absolutely committed to working with families and health professionals to ensure better outcomes and a bright future. 

Find out more about PIRI at www.piri.org.au


PIRI recognises and respects the diversity of families and celebrates all children, parents and parents-to-be. We strongly support the inclusion of LGBTIQ+ communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and people with diverse religious beliefs. Parents in diverse families may have to navigate additional challenges on their journey through pregnancy and after birth, like others not understanding their unique needs or not experiencing enough appropriate supports. This can contribute to the likelihood of develop anxiety and depression during this time. If you are parenting in a diverse family and experiencing lowered mood or worry, then it’s good to discuss this with your GP or another health professional.

We acknowledge that the use of language such as ‘mum’ or ‘dad’ does not capture the full breadth of parental and care-giver roles in all families. With our established programs, we need to carefully consider any changes to the existing content, as these are the versions that have been proven effective in research trials. However, we are committed to seeing that the inclusivity of our materials evolves and improves with input from our consumers.

We are engaged in ongoing reflection and planning about our equality and inclusivity practices within PIRI, especially as new resources and new versions of existing programs are developed. We note that this is a process that will be continuous, and we always welcome feedback from those individuals, professionals, and community organisations, who engage in our research and use our supports. This will help us to better include and support all families and children into the future.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities. 

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