Supporting Parents in Small Businesses


One in 5 mums and one in 10 dads suffer from postnatal anxiety and/or depression, yet 74% of parents don’t seek help until crisis point.

For small business owners, this risk is amplified by already higher-than-average mental ill-health.

However, many don’t have the time, or the expertise, to prevent mental ill-health in the workplace during the perinatal period. There are simple steps that owners and employees in small businesses can take to prepare for this significant life transition effectively.

Supporting Parents in Small Businesses


One in 5 mums and 1 in 10 dads suffer from perinatal anxiety and/or depression, yet 74% of parents don’t seek help until crisis point. For small business owners, this risk is amplified by already higher-than-average mental ill-health.

However, many don’t have the time, or the expertise, to prevent mental ill-health in the workplace during the perinatal period. There are simple steps that owners and employees in small businesses can take to prepare for this significant life transition effectively.

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About the program

The Australian Perinatal Workplace Wellbeing Program (APWWP) is a collaboration between Transitioning Well and Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE). The aim of the program is to support and make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of expectant and new parents in Australian small businesses.

The program aims to help small businesses create a working environment that positively impacts the mental health and wellbeing of small business owners and employees in the perinatal period. We do this through a customised digital program of resources to guide employers and employees through the transition from working person to working parent. Register your interest below to receive updates on this program.

34% of small business owners

reported a diagnosis of either stress, anxiety or depression in the 12 months to July 2020.

Register your interest


    To deliver this program we are proud to partner with Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), Council of Small Business Australia (CoSBoA), and Pracademia, experts in small business wellbeing programs and evaluation.

    This project is being funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program."