About Hospital to Home
On 11 May, 2021, the Treasurer, The Hon Josh Frydenberg announced the expansion of the Hospital to Home Perinatal Mental Health Check for a further two years, now until July 2025. This comes following the initial announcement on 12 May 2019, when the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia, announced the time-limited investment of $36 million over three years to establish the world-first digital Perinatal Mental Health Check Program as part of the Government’s Hospital to Home and Wellbeing Program.
Of this investment, funding will be provided to the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) to roll out iCOPE, our digital mental health screening tool, in every public maternity hospital and maternal and child health centre in Australia.
Funding is also earmarked for a National Partnership Agreement with state and territory governments to encourage the uptake and delivery of iCOPE, and/or to expand services for perinatal support in the community sector.
Engagement of states and territories
Since the initial announcement, the Commonwealth established a state and territory senior officials steering group to provide a mechanism for engagement to ensure successful implementation of the the Hospital to Home and Wellbeing Program in addition to other funded areas in mental health.
State and territory governments have been engaged by the Commonwealth via nominated senior officers to plan the rollout across jurisdictions.
About the program
The Program is designed to support public hospitals and maternal and child health centres in the provision of routine screening in line with best practice. Following extensive and successful trials of the iCOPE Platform across multiple healthcare settings, this is the only Platform in Australia designed to implement perinatal mental health screening, and will be available nationally under the Program.
The funding will include the provision of digital screening to both expectant and new mothers in line with the National Guideline. Fathers will also be offered screening.
The digital approach to screening will also facilitate screening and reporting in multiple languages. Currently screening tools is available in twelve languages, and this will be expanded through funding provided through the Program.
Register your interest
If you represent a public maternity hospital or health service and would like to register your interest to take part in the Hospital to Home Program, please fill in our Expressions of Interest form below. This will scope the size and specific needs of your hospital or health service.