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The area of perinatal OCD is often under assessed and not well understood. This presentation will outline the symptoms of Perinatal OCD (including sub clinical symptoms) and treatment which many new mothers experience. It is hoped the presentation will help professions not only identify symptoms but attend to the mothers distress related to their “Scary Thoughts”.  The presentation aims to aid accurate assessment of risk and assist professionals to attend to their own reactions to these “Scary Thoughts” (as this can be a barrier to mothers accessing treatment). Holding the baby in mind in the midst of the preoccupation of maternal OCD is paramount and will be discussed with a view to considering dyadic relationship implications.

Presenter: Diana Cornish is a clinically trained psychologist with a special interest in women’s mental health issues, particularly in the perinatal period. Diana has worked across various mental health settings for over ten years including community mental health, inpatient, outpatient and outreach. Diana currently works in private practice using drawing upon a variety of therapeutic approaches to understand and work with mothers, including Attachment theory, Reflective Parenting, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and other mindfulness based therapies. Diana also works within a Private Hospital with adults with complex trauma (attachment trauma). Diana has a particular interest working with mothers experiencing  postnatal episodes of OCD, anxiety and depression. Diana is a proud Member of the Centre for Perinatal Psychology.

Who should attend
All health professionals interested in perinatal mental health.

Tuesday 20 AUGUST 2019 
5.45pm-7.45pm; presentation starts 6.15pm sharp

Fee: $10
light refreshments provided


Note new location

Eastland Shopping Centre, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood VIC 3134

Getting to Realm

The best directional advice regarding the location of Realm is as follows:

Realm is located at Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood. Realm is adjacent to Eastland Shopping Centre and directly opposite Ringwood Station.

Meeting Rooms are located on Level 2 at Realm. Please report to the BizHub reception desk on Level 2 upon arrival and we will direct you to your meeting rooms. Access to Level 2 is available via stairs or elevator.

Car parking

The most convenient parking to Realm is the Eastland shopping centre car park.

The recommended parking is via Eastland Gate 5, located off Ringwood Street. Once you enter the gate, immediately veer left up the single lane ramp and then left again up the dual lane ramp. This will bring you to the designated undercover Town Square car park (Level 3 M, Entry Z). It is then just a short stroll across the concourse to Realm.

Eastland runs a paid car parking system. This system is clearly marked and signed with the terms & conditions. It is recommended that when parking that all visitors pay close attention these terms and conditions. More information on Eastland’s paid parking system, including fees, can be found at https://www.eastland.com.au/visit/parking/car-park


Contact Details

Centre for Perinatal Psychology
1300 852 660