"DadsWA aims to raise the profile of post-natal depression in new fathers..."
While a great deal of emphasis is placed in managing the wellbeing of mothers after birth of their child, there is less emphasis given to what fathers need.
NGALA is a program based in Western Australia that helps up to 40,000 families a year to access help with children, advice and access to professionals.
The DadsWA program is embedded into the organisational culture of NGALA and so provides a good, working example of a service where male-friendliness is part of the culture.
NGALA describes the major objectives of DadsWA as "to work in close consultation and collaboration with other organisations to:
- Build a collective understanding of the unique and valued position of men in family life;
- Encourage agencies to be more inclusive of men within the ambit of their services; and
- Promote collaborative planning and partnerships around research and service provision to families with a particular focus on fatherhood issues.
Men and Post-Natal Depression
NGALA has collaborated with Beyond Blue to raise the profile of post-natal depression in new fathers through the DadsWA booklet and through media coverage.
Whether it arises through coping with a depressed partner or by having depression themselves, the increased focus on depression helps families through difficult times.
- The Dads Booklet: Fatherhood For The First Twelve Months -2.51 MB
The role of dads has changed greatly in our society with many fathers now taking a more active and caring role in the raising of their children. There is widespread support among researchers, policy makers and community members, for fathers increased involvement in children's lives.