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Tasmania Support Services

Still Aware

At Still Aware our focus is to bring about much needed awareness to the tragic event of a baby born still.

Our Still Aware mission is to…

Raise awareness of stillbirth in Australia – to all people, including health care professionals responsible for the care of pregnant women
Lift the level of understanding to that of SIDS
Empower mothers to trust their babies and trust their instincts through regular third trimester self-monitoring and following their “gut” to insist on and feel comfortable asking for a check-up
Bring about change to the way in which we talk about and acknowledge a baby born still
Still Aware was formed by mother to a baby born still, at 40 weeks in South Australia. Alfie Foord-Heath was born without breath on February 12, 2014. With no rhyme or reason for the death of this healthy baby girl, her mother and father – with the guidance of an advisory board and your help – aim change how we talk about stillbirth prior to the tragedy, raising awareness in hopes of prevention.

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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.
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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.”
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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
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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.
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Chaplains

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 Tasmania may provide Social Workers for one-on-one bereavement support.

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.
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Kids Helpline

Call 1800 55 800 24hr service

Life Line

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

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
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Psychologists

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.
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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.

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.
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Salvo Crisis Line

(suicide prevention)
Tel: 02 9331 2000

Sids and Kids Tasmania

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.
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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.

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
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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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