AAPi was featured in this Women's Agenda article, sharing AAPi's calls for perinatal women to be able to access 40 rebated psychology sessions per year through Medicare.
AAPi Executive Director Tegan Carrison said “For anyone with serious/complex problems, research shows that 40 sessions are considered the optimal level of treatment," adding that “these kinds of issues require ongoing psychological care that cannot be properly managed in a short space of time.”
Psychologist and AAPi member Alysha-leigh Fameli echoed the need for an increase in sessions, saying “the 10 sessions are gone in the space of two and a half months– which is just too short of a time frame”, adding that “at the end of those 10 sessions, they are often still at high risk.”
Alysha-leigh also noted that “significant mental health issues in the mother will also have an impact on the infant”.
Read the full article here.