The PMHJD Working Party provides policy, technical and/or clinical expert advice to support the development and national reporting of perinatal mental health data to the AIHW as part of Bilateral Schedules on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. This work program commenced July 2022 and concludes August 2025, and will support the development of a national collection of perinatal mental health screening data, to be administered by the AIHW.

Terms of reference

The PMHJD Working Party provides:

  • Advice on data quality issues, solutions and barriers to collecting and reporting perinatal mental health and related data items as part of the of the Perinatal NBEDS
  • Advice about jurisdictional progress to develop and implement universal perinatal mental health screening, including digital screening, collection, and reporting infrastructure within public health settings
  • Considers AIHW’s secure data sharing options including the feasibility of establishment-level (hospital) reporting, online reports, and data visualisations to meet information needs
  • Recommends revisions to the Perinatal NBEDS specifications, if required, and review AIHW’s business case through the National Perinatal Data Development Committee (NPDDC) for endorsement by the National Health Information Data and Information Standards Committee (NHIDISC), to progress mental health and related data items to mandatory collection, once the required data quality is assessed to be nationally consistent.


The PMHJD Working Party consists of representatives from each jurisdiction engaged in Bilateral Schedules. Each member is appointed based on their knowledge and expertise in the field of perinatal mental health - jurisdictional maternity services, policy, health information system development and/or data collection practices. Other experts may be invited to join the PMHJD Working Party or co-opted, as required.

The PMHJD Working Party is chaired by the AIHW. 

PMHJD representatives





Tim Harrold

Principal Analyst, Health Surveillance, Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence, NSW Ministry of Health


Nguyet de Mello

Manager, Child and Family Health, Health and Social Policy Branch, NSW Ministry of Health


Marcia Armstrong

Principal Maternal and Child Health Nurse Advisor, Clinical and Professional Leadership Unit, Safer Care Victoria


Karen McNeil

Senior Project Officer, Consultative Councils Unit, Safe Care Victoria


Hope Deng

Manager, Technical Development Support, Safer Care Victoria


Tracy Firth

Senior Maternity Advisor, Safer Care Victoria


Elisabeth Hoehn

Medical Director, Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, Queensland Health


Esther Taylor

Principal Data Collection Officer, Statistical Services Branch, Queensland Health


Maureen Hutchinson

Principal Data Management Officer, Information Policy Governance Unit, Information and System Performance Directorate, Purchasing System Performance Division, Department of Health, WA


Jo Harman

Assistant Director, Performance, WA Mental Health Commission


Skye Lang

Senior Program Manager, Access to Mental Health Services, Mental Health Strategy and Planning, Department for Health and Wellbeing


Stephanie Flak

A/Director, Epidemiology Branch, Prevention and Population Health, Prevention Health SA, Government of SA


Belinda Martin

Perinatal Mental Health Project Lead, Community Mental Health and Wellbeing, Department of Health Tasmania


Jeramie Spong

Manager, Health Information Team, Department of Health Tasmania


Rosalind Sexton

Information Manager, Population Health Informatics, Epidemiology Section, ACT Health Directorate


Anna Russell

Assistant Director, Mental Health Policy and Strategy, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Division, ACT Health Directorate


Paul Mayers

Mental Health Business Advisor, Office of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Division, ACT Health Directorate



Perinatal Business Analyst, Population and Digital Health, NT Department of Health


Timothy Packham

Perinatal Mental Health Project Officer, Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, NT Health


Secretariat support is provided by the AIHW MPHU.

Contact details for the Secretariat

Secretariat, PMHJD Working Party
Email: [email protected]