The Perinatal Mental Health pilot (PMHp) Governance Committee provides clinical, technical, research and/or statistical expertise to support the AIHW’s development of the PMHp which utilises data collected through the iCOPE digital perinatal screening platform and other jurisdictional mental health screening.

Terms of reference

The PMHp Governance Committee:

  • Provides expert advice and guidance on current and emerging perinatal and maternal mental health screening and data collections, practices and issues, considering clinician and consumer perspectives, perinatal and maternal services and systems, and assessment and referral pathways.
  • Considers the outcomes of relevant related projects and advises on their linkage/impact to the pilot.
  • Draws on professional and other networks and expertise when considering options and providing feedback, and facilitates communication with membership bodies and other stakeholders where applicable to assist the AIHW to progress consultation on relevant items.


The PMHp Governance Committee comprises members appointed based on their knowledge and expertise in the field of maternity services, health information system development and/or data collection practices. Membership complements existing consultative structures available to the AIHW’s Maternal and Perinatal Health Unit (MPHU), such as the Perinatal Mental Health Jurisdictional Data Working Party (PMHJD WP), National Perinatal Data Development Committee (NPDDC) and National Maternity Data Development Project Advisory Group (NMDDP AG).

The PMHp Governance Committee is chaired by the AIHW.

NPDDC representatives


Name of representative

Organisation name

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse mental health representative

Emalynne So

Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC)

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) representative

Dr Nicole Hall


Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) representative

Prof Megan Galbally


Clinical, service development, and policy

Dr Tracey Fay-Stammbach

Perinatal Infant Mental Health Service, NSW Health

Information system development and technical



Jurisdictional clinical, service development, and policy

Dr Elisabeth Hoehn

Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health

Australian Psychological Society (APS) representative

Kylie Coventry


Consumer representative

Michelle Piteo

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA)

Consumer representative

Gabrielle Micallef


Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) representative

Ms Suzanne Higgins


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health representative

Prof Rhonda Marriott

Ngangk Yira Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and Social Equity; and Fellow of Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health representative

Associate Prof Roz Walker

Ngangk Yira Research Centre for Aboriginal Health and Social Equity; and School of Indigenous Studies, University of Western Australia


Secretariat support is provided by the AIHW MPHU.

Contact details for the Secretariat

Secretariat, PMHp Governance Committee
Email: [email protected]