Each year the All Hallows’ School Community focuses its fundraising efforts on a particular project.
During a virtual assembly on Friday 11 February, we officially launched the 2022 Whole School Project, Catherine's House.
Central to the mission of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy was the care of women. In Australia today, research shows that one in five mothers and one in ten fathers will experience perinatal depression and anxiety, creating an immediate and largely unmet need in our community.
Catherine's House, which will be situated in the historic Mater Convent, will offer the most contemporary model of care for mothers, babies and families who are experiencing significant mental health challenges in the perinatal period. It will offer a six-bed, world-class facility which delivers critical outcomes:
- allowing families to journey together through their mental health care;
- reducing the risk of suicide;
- reducing chronic illness in parents and children; and
- achieving better life outcomes for the entire family.
Catherine’s House will provide a Mother Baby Unit, which is considered an essential component in care for women with the most severe mental health conditions. A Mother Baby Unit is internationally recognised as best practice for mothers requiring inpatient mental health care and leads to better outcomes for mothers and infants. The facility will also provide a Family Admission Unit, allowing for intensive, specialist family-based interventions to address mental health disorders and relationship disturbances in the early years of a child’s life.
All Hallows' School is proud to partner with the Mater Foundation in the development of Catherine's House to support women and babies with perinatal mental health issues and in the process, educating our own students about the importance of high-quality support for people struggling with mental health issues.
We are proud to be able to contribute to making such a significant difference to the public facilities available to vulnerable families.