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NSW & ACT Support Services

Access To Allied Psychological Services (ATAPS)

Free Psychologist Sessions
The Perinatal Depression program is funded through the National Perinatal Depression Initiative and entitles parents experiencing perinatal depression to free focussed psychological sessions with a psychologist who has a special
interest in parents who are experiencing depression as a result of the loss of their baby. The mother (or father) needs to obtain an ATAPS referral from a GP to access this service.

One referral equates to six 1 hour sessions. There is further provision for a 2nd and in exceptional circumstances third referral (18 sessions in total)

There is no service fee or gap paid by the patient for this service. Many of the psychologists deal in grief and loss and perinatal depression.

Australian Counselling Association

The Australian Counselling Association (ACA) is a National progressive professional peak association of counsellors and psychotherapists with over 3000 individual members.

Australian Multiple Birth Association

“The Multiple Birth Association Bereavement Support Group (M-BABS) was formed to provide a means of communication for bereaved multiple birth families and surviving multiples and to act as a forum for the sharing of information relating to the unique aspects of loss for a multiple birth family.”

Bears Of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support

An Australian registered charity providing support and guidance for parents who experience the loss of their baby during pregnancy, birth or infancy. Through the donation of a bear of hope, parents are provided with the comfort of knowing they are not alone from the very beginning, and offered significant ongoing support to heal their broken hearts.

Bereavement Care Centre

The Bereavement Care Centre offers complete bereavement care services including bereavement counselling, educational courses, books, CDs, DVDs and information for bereaved adults and children. There is a fee for services.
Venue: 14 Hollis Avenue, Eastwood, NSW 2122
Phone: 1300 654 556

Beyond Blue

A national organisation devoted to increasing awareness and understanding of depression in the community. Its website contains useful depression resources (including people's personal experiences of depression) and information on current initiatives.
Info Line: 1300 22 4636

Black Dog Institute

The Black Dog Institute is a not-for-profit, educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in depression and Bipolar Disorder.


Hospital chaplains of all denominations can offer bereaved parents spiritual comfort and rituals. Please contact your local hospital for more information.

Community Health Centres

Community Health Centres throughout NSW may provide Social Workers for one-on-one bereavement support. Please click on your relevant area below for a list of Health Centres near you.

Greater Southern Area Health Service

Greater Western Area Health Service

Hunter Area Health Service

North Coast Area Health Service

Northern Sydney/Central Coast

South Eastern Sydney/Illawarra

Sydney South West

Empty Arms

We are a group based in the Clarence Valley offering support for people experiencing difficulties as they go through the fertility journey. We welcome not only women but would like to offer special support to partners as well. If you feel in need of support, contact Chris and she will put you in contact with others who have gone through similar experiences.
Contact: Chris Davis on 02 66 422360 or 0412 886 942 or email

General Practitioners

Your local GP may be able to put you in touch with local support services.

Please ask your GP about ATAPS (see above). This is a program which entitles you to sessions with a pyschologist when experiencing depression after the loss of your baby, subsidised fees may apply.

Grow Australia

GROW is a community of persons working towards mental health through mutual help and a 12 Step Program of recovery. Small groups of people who have experienced depression, anxiety or other mental or emotional distress, meet together on a weekly basis to help each other deal with the challenges of life. Some people come to GROW while struggling with the loss of a job, a loved one or a relationship.

Illawarra Parents Of Baby Angels

Phone: 1800 651 186

Kids Helpline

Call 1800 55 800 24hr service

Life Line

13 11 14 – 24hr counselling, information and referral (local call)

National Centre For Childhood Grief

“A Friend’s Place”
Provides free individual and group counselling and support for bereaved children 3-18 years of age. They also provide support and advice for parents, guardians and other caregivers, teachers, school counsellors, medical practitioners and private therapists. Run by Mal & Dianne from the Bereavement Care Centre.
Venue: 14 Hollis Avenue, Eastwood, NSW 2122
Phone: 1300 654 556

National Association for Loss And Grief

To encourage and promote professional and community education in loss and grief. Has established many loss and grief support groups/chapters throughout Australia. Both group and one on one support is offered at no cost through a referral process.
Phone: (02) 68829222

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)

The Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia Inc. is a peak body for Member Associations which meet the standards developed by consensus as appropriate for professional practitioners within the disciplines of Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Australian community.

Pillars Of Strength

Providing dads with support and ‘time out’ while their baby is sick, and also to bereaved dads after the loss of their baby.

Pregnancy After Loss Antenatal Support & Education Group

The Mater Hospital, Sydney
The Pregnancy After Loss Antenatal Support and Education Group is designed for pregnant parents who have previously lost a baby as a result of stillbirth or death in the newborn period. The group meets over several months with a combination of day and evening sessions.
Contact: Deborah at or Belinda at


The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia, representing more than 17,000 members. Search for a Pyschologist nearest you.

ATAPS- Free Pyschologist sessions

These are available through the Access To Allied Pyschological Services (ATAPS) program for parents experiencing depression after the loss of their baby. For information about this service, please visit or contact your local GP and ask about ATAPS.

Red Tent Health Centre

Miscarriage and Stillbirth Support

Weekly 2hr meetings over 8 weeks held at:
Red Tent Health Centre 61 Queen Street Woollahra NSW 2025
Medicare Rebate available with referral from GP.

Genevieve David (Psychotherapist and Clinical Social Worker)
Mobile: 0408 213 030
Naomi Abeshouse (Acupuncturist and Doula)
Mobile: 0413 690 861

Remembering Our Babies Support Group

This group is for bereaved parents who have experienced the loss of a child through stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death. We meet each month to network and discuss various topics and offer support to each other.

Date: 1st Wednesday of each month
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: St Stephens Church (Cnr of Matthew and Crown Street), Tamworth
Contact: Renae Irwin 02 67653358 or Jodie Faulks on 0428671079

R U OK? Day - A conversation could change a life

R U OK? is an organisation committed to the prevention of suicide. R U OK?Day will be held on November 29th, 2009. It is an annual national day of action that aims to get Australians, right across the entire spectrum of society, connecting with friends and loved ones, by reaching out to anyone doing it tough and simply asking: “Are you ok?”

Salvo Crisis Line

(suicide prevention)
Tel: 02 9331 2000

Scone Baby Loss Support Group

When: 3rd Tuesday on every month,
Venue: Scone Community Health meeting room (behind Scone Hospital).
Contact Amanda on 0428452829 for more info.

Sids and Kids NSW, The Hunter Region, ACT

Sids & Kids NSW supports families who experience the death of their baby or young child during pregnancy, birth and infancy, through the provision of bereavement support, education, advocacy and the promotion of research.

Social Workers

Social Workers are available at many hospitals and can provide a safe neutral space for you to talkabout your loss. Please contact your local hospital for more information.

The Stormanston House Group

The Mater Hospital
For mothers and fathers who have lost a baby. This group meets in order to give parents an opportunity to meet with others who have also experienced the shock, disbelief and deep sadness that accompanies the death of a baby. The understanding, encouragement and friendship of others who understand and accept the confusing and often conflicting emotions that follow the death of a baby can be a source of reassurance and comfort. The group is facilitated by Belinda Power, a women’s health social worker, and Deborah De Wilde, a midwife and social worker.

Contact: Deborah at or Belinda at

Suicide Call Back Service

Telephone support for those at risk of suicide, their carers and those bereaved by suicide. Up to six 50-minute telephone counselling sessions for people who are suicidal, caring for someone who is suicidal or bereaved by suicide. 7 days a week 10am - 8:30pm.
Phone: 1300 659 467

The Compassionate Friends (Australia)

Phone support, drop-in centre, support groups and library for bereaved parents and siblings, run by bereaved parents. The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families in the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child and to provide information to help others be supportive. TCF NSW is part of world-wide self-help organisation offering friendship and understanding to bereaved parents, siblings and grand-parents. We offer friendship and understanding to families who are grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. All bereaved family members are welcome.
Tel: 02 9290 2355 or 1800 671 621

The Northern Rivers Support Group

Lismore Area
For parents who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.
Date: First Friday of each month
Time: 9.30am – 11am
Venue: Child and Family Health Centre, 37 Oliver Avenue Goonellabah
Enquiries: Social Work Department, Lismore Base Hospital
(02) 6620 2324 or (02) 6620 2329 or just turn up. No Cost.

The Stillbirth Foundation Australia

The Stillbirth Foundation works to reduce the incidence of stillbirth in Australia. To achieve this goal, the Stillbirth Foundation operates with the aims to: fund and encourage research into stillbirth; and increase public awareness about stillbirth. Whilst the Stillbirth Foundation does not offer direct bereavement support, we hope that the information you find in this website will provide you with some comfort that something is being done to address the terrible tragedy that is stillbirth.

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