ePIMH Telepsychiatry

ePIMH (e-Perinatal and Infant Mental Health) Telepsychiatry is a state-wide program that supports health professionals working with:

  • expectant parents
  • people for whom a pregnancy has ended under any circumstances
  • families with children aged 0 to 4 years.

Through ePIMH Telepsychiatry, specialist psychiatrists in perinatal mental health and infant mental health work together with local health professionals to support the mental health and wellbeing of parents, children and families in rural and remote areas.

Telepsychiatry is a way of delivering mental health services using communication technologies.  For example, your doctor may recommend speaking with a specialist about your particular situation by videoconference. This means that specialist advice can be provided in a timely way, without the need for you to travel or to ‘start over again’ with an unfamiliar doctor.

Who can access this service?

ePIMH Telepsychiatry helps your local health service provider to help you. There are specialist psychiatrists available in both perinatal mental health and infant mental health.

Perinatal mental health

ePIMH Telepsychiatry may be helpful if you are experiencing problems with your mental health and wellbeing, and:

  • you are expecting a baby
  • you have had a pregnancy end under any circumstances
  • you have a child under two years of age

Our perinatal psychiatrist will support your local health service provider to work with you, to improve your mood and get daily life back on track.

Infant mental health

Babies and young children under school age have mental health needs, the same as everyone else. If you and your baby or young child are struggling to get along, or if your little one is experiencing issues with their emotional wellbeing, our specialist infant psychiatrist can help.

Catchment area

ePIMH Telepsychiatry is available to specific Hospital and Health Services. At this time, the service extends to South West Hospital and Health Service and Central West Hospital and Health Service.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals for e-PIMH Telepsychiatry services can be made by a range of professionals working with mothers, fathers, infants and families, including:

  • GPs
  • psychiatrists
  • mental health professionals
  • child health professionals including early intervention clinicians
  • allied health clinicians
  • indigenous health workers.

Other referral information

This service can only be accessed by a health provider. If you live in the service catchment area and think that you and your family might benefit from ePIMH Telepsychiatry, speak with your doctor or health professional.

Information for health professionals

ePIMH Telepsychiatry is a secondary consultation service that aims to support the mental health and wellbeing of parents and carers in regional, rural and remote Queensland; and to help parents and carers build strong, positive and enjoyable relationships with their infants and young children, to give them the best possible start in life.

In partnership with adult mental health services, the Queensland Centre for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health (QCPIMH) coordinates specialist perinatal and infant mental health clinicians to work together with local service providers to build their capacity to respond to the mental health needs of expectant parents and families with infants and young children (0 to 4 years).

ePIMH Telepsychiatry is part of the larger telehealth program e-PIMH, which includes non-clinical support such as facilitating local referral pathways, and delivering tailored training and education.

Patient eligibility criteria

ePIMH Telepsychiatry provides secondary consultation liaison services for both perinatal mental health and infant mental health. Referrals can be made by primary and secondary healthcare professionals or services working with the individual or family.

Perinatal mental health
The service is intended to support:

  • women/mothers who are expecting a baby, have had a pregnancy end under any circumstances, and/or have an infant less than 24 months of age, and men/fathers in the same situation
  • women and men who meet the first criterion and are experiencing non-acute moderate to severe mental health issues
  • women and men who meet the first criterion and whose mental health issues are impacting on their functioning, parenting capacity and/or the ability to carry out daily tasks
  • women and men who meet the first criterion and are struggling to support their partner who is experiencing mental health issues as outlined above.

Infant mental health
The service is intended to support:

  • infants and children aged 0 to 4 years, where the child is yet to commence school, and
  • the mental health of the infant/young child is compromised or at risk of being compromised
  • the presentation is severe and/or complex in nature where the infant/young child and their family experience an accumulation of risk factors and associated distress
  • the parent-child relationship is disrupted or at risk of being disrupted, placing the social, emotional and other developmental wellbeing of the infant/young child at risk.

Contact details

t: 07 3266 3100
e: e-PIMH@health.qld.gov.au 

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm.

Resources

ePIMH Information
ePIMH Training Request