The success of COPE to date has been made possible through a number of supporting partnerships with individuals, organisations and corporate community, together with the the commitment of our dedicated Board, Company members and team of staff.
The Commonwealth Government has supported the development of a number of key areas of work undertaken by COPE.
With the support of the Australian Government, COPE has undertaken a National Mapping Project, which involved mapping of current perinatal screening and referral practice across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mother and baby services across the country. This program involved extensive (qualitative) consultation with service providers across Australia’s New Directions Mother and Baby Services, together with an extensive (quantitative) survey of current practices surrounding the current practices surrounding screening and assessment for perinatal mental health conditions across the 85 New Directions Services. For more information about the program and to access the full report click here.
More recently (2016) the Commonwealth has funded the revision of Australia’s Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines. This will serve to ensure provision of advice for consumers, carers and health professionals reflects the latest recent evidence and informs best practice. More information about the Guideline Revision can be found here.
In March 2016 the Victorian Government have funded the expansion of the iCOPE digital Platform across the 26 Maternal and Child Health Centres in the municipalities of Brimbank and Melton. The funding will contribute to the translation of the screening tool and patient reports into eleven different languages, the development and integration of e-referral pathways, and evaluation of screening outcomes across settings.
Click here to download details about the iCOPE Innovation Screening and Referral Program.
Thanks to the finanical support of Chain Reaction, COPE received a $25,000 grant to enable the trialling of our new digital screening platform: iCOPE. The trial of the platform was undertaken at Sydenham Maternal and Child Health Centre and Sunshine Hospital. By implementing the new digital platform, all women and health professionals will have access to tailored personalised reports. This is Australia’s first perinatal digital screening platform. The results will be used to inform professionals, service provides, governments and policy makers about the efficiency and effectiveness of this innovative approach to screening across Australia and internationally.
To download the Executive Summary of iCOPE Feasibility Trial click here.
We are grateful to receive the generous pro bono assistance from Isakow Lawyers who have guided and supported us inthe recent development of licence agreements for the iCOPE screening Platform. Their generosity coupled with their high level of expertise in commercial law and litigation particularly, have been instrumental in ensuring future safety and integrity of our product.
We thank Maurice Blackburn for their generous pro bono assistance in the establishment of COPE as a registered company, the development of our constitution and obtaining full charity status. This support was instrumental in our establishment at the outset.
In the development of our website, promotional material and resources, all photographic images have been generously supplied by the talented team at Katrina Christ Photographer. We also thank all the generous men and women who have agreed to allow us to use their images across our work.
In an exciting new development to be launched mid-year, COPE together with BubbaGum HQ – specialists in the development of designer jewellery made from food-grade silicone have developed a unique, innovative and practical COPE accessory for mums and bubs. The item is available for purchase via our website. All proceeds from this item will be used to support important new programs and research.
We would also like to thank a number of our suppliers, who continue to provide us with discounted and reduced not-for-profit rates for their services.