Professor Marie-Paule Austin is the St John of God Chair of Perinatal and Women’s Mental Health at the University of New South Wales, Director of the Burwood Mother-Baby unit, Director of Perinatal Psychiatry at the Royal Hospital for Women, and Fellow of the Black Dog Institute, Sydney.
Professor Austin has an international reputation in translating research findings to policy and practice as evidenced by her leadership of both the Australian Perinatal Mental Health National Action Plan (2008) and National Clinical Practice Guidelines (2011 beyondblue; and 2017). In 2015 Austin received the Australasian Marce Society Medal for Research in Perinatal Mental Health. Austin developed a psychosocial assessment tool - the AnteNatal Risk Questionnaire (2013) - which has been Revised (ANRQ-R) and now includes a computerised decision aid for primary care clinicians, to identify women's level of risk for developing subsequent depression and anxiety disorders and difficulty adjusting to parenting.
Professor Austin has over 130 peer-reviewed publications and current research interests include: evaluating the impact of the Australian National Perinatal Depression Initiative on service uptake using population level data (linked data sets). Austin's team is currently recruiting to the Perinatal Integrated Psychosocial Assessment (PIPA) study, evaluating the PIPA model against a 'care as usual' model of psychosocial assessment in the maternity setting. Austin and colleagues are evaluating an online psychosocial self-assessment tool (Mummatters) developed for perinatal women. Austin is co-investigator on a number of Canadian grants including an RCT examining the value of the ANRQ-R linked to a cognitive behavioural therapy intervention in improving women's clinical outcomes.