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Dr Nicole Highet

Founder and Executive Director of the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)

Dr Nicole Highet is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE). Nicole has a background in clinical psychology, marketing, campaign development, and advocacy. Following over thirteen years at Beyond Blue as Deputy CEO, Nicole founded COPE in 2013in response to the growth and success of Australia’s National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI).

COPE has a dedicated focus on the specific issues faced by women, men, partners and their families during pregnancy and the year following birth, in order to educe the known personal, social and economic costs associated with undiagnosed and untreated perinatal mental health conditions. COPE’s work includes electronic approaches to psycho-education, e-screening platforms, online training, an e-COPE Directory and e-health promotion initiatives, amongst others.

The Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN) respectfully acknowledges the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nation, the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land on which our office is situated. We also acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.