Professor Louise Newman heads the CWMH

Professor Louise Newman
Professor Louise Newman: the Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health
1 September 2014 | Mental health

One of the country’s leading infant mental health experts, Professor Louise Newman, has been appointed as Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health (CWMH) at the Women’s.

The unique and highly-respected CWMH provides expert clinical and therapeutic services for women who are current patients at the Women’s who have a maternity, cancer or gynaecology problem as well as a mental health problem. The CWMH is also a leader in research, education and training,

Louise has a PhD in Infant Psychiatry and has clinical expertise in the area of developmental mental health and an international reputation in the area of parental mental disorder, infant trauma and clinical infant-parent interventions for mothers with significant trauma.

She is committed to the promotion of women’s mental health including improving integration between health and community based services and for the provision of accessible and effective mental health interventions for vulnerable  women as well as raising the profile of women’s specific needs in the National and State mental health agendas.

Louise has been awarded an Order of Australia for her work in social justice issues and advocacy, particularly for the rights of children in care and asylum seekers and refugees.

The Women’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Sue Matthews said she looked forward to Louise joining the team. “I also look forward to her valuable contribution to the work already undertaken by the Centre for Women’s Health and its future development.”

Louise starts at the Women’s on 10 November.