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    Parent & Infant Program

    Preparing to have a baby is an exciting time for you and your family. However, it can also be a time of significant change, with many challenges.  At Teachers Health Fund we believe that you deserve some extra attention and support during this time and we are dedicated to doing what we can to provide the best possible care for you.

    What’s it all about?

    Teachers Health Fund has partnered with the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) PIRI is an innovative Australian research institute whose aim is to develop and apply treatments to improve the emotional well-being of parents and infants. PIRI has a 10 year history developing interventions to deal with parent-infant difficulties following postnatal depression. PIRI believes that early intervention is the key to better outcomes for families. All PIRI activities are administered by a suitably qualified health professionals to provide a high standard of early intervention services accessible to all. to offer our Parent & Infant Program. PIRI is Australia’s largest centre for perinatal depression and a leader in early intervention treatment programs for perinatal depression and assisting parents in making the transition to parenthood.

    The Parent & Infant Program has been designed to provide assistance and a range of support services for you and your partner if you experience any of the following:

    • feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope
    • worrying about your baby’s behaviour
    • not feeling bonded to your baby
    • feeling depressed or anxious
    • coping with premature birth

    The Parent & Infant Program is part of PIRI and Teachers Health Fund’s shared commitment to taking care of young families and facilitating the best possible start to life.

    How does it work?

    • Antenatally – you will receive a copy of the Towards Parenthood book to help prepare yourselves for the transition to parenthood. The Towards Parenthood book has been developed for expectant parents, and/or for parents in the first year after having a baby.

    Towards Parenthood aims to assist parents manage the changes and complex demands of parenthood, while also strengthening the relationship between you and your partner and also with your child. For more information about this book and how it has been shown to be helpful for expectant parents see

    • Postnatally – additional support and assistance is available to families who may be feeling overwhelmed or struggling to cope with the new demands of parenthood; or parents who may simply have some questions in regards to caring for their infant. Some of the services available include:
    • Telephone and email support and/or counselling
    • Individual treatment service and support (e.g. face to face sessions with a Psychologist)
    • Group programs where locally available

    How to access the program

    1. If you are pregnant, please let us know by calling 1300 728 188 so we can introduce you to the program at the start of your pregnancy.
    2. We will also be reviewing hospital cover checks to identify any pregnant members, so that we can send them the Towards Parenthood book and involve them in the program.
    3. The Parent & Infant Program is fully covered as part of your membership with Teachers Health Fund if you have Hospital or Combined cover (excluding StarterPak) and have held the cover for more than 2 months. However, a 9 month waiting period still applies for pregnancy and birth related services.
    4. If you decide to use the Parent & Infant Program, the services will be provided by PIRI and you may need to disclose your personal information to them. For information about PIRI’s Privacy Policy, please contact them on 1800 191 090.

    Further information can be found at or by calling 1800 191 090.

    ^ This program is not intended to replace the clinical advice of your doctor or health care provider. You should consult your doctor for specialist medical advice if you have any concerns about your pregnancy. Eligibility criteria apply.

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    All Australian residents, who are entitled to Medicare, are able to claim an income tested rebate on their private health insurance; would you like to apply your rebate?

    For individuals earning between $88,001 - $102,000 (or $176,001 - $204,000 for families*).
    *For families with children, the thresholds are increased by $1,500 for each child after the first.

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    Most Australians with private health insurance currently receive a rebate from the Australian Government to help cover the cost of their premiums. The private health insurance rebate is income tested. The table below details the different rebate amounts and Medicare Levy Surcharge levels.

    The rebate applies to hospital, general treatment and ambulance policies. It does not apply to overseas visitors cover. The rebate levels applicable for 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 are:

    < Age 6530%20%10%0%
    Age 65-6935%25%15%0%
    Age 70+40%30%20%0%

    Single parents and couples (including de facto couples) are subject to family tiers. For families with children, the thresholds are increased by $1,500 for each child after the first.