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DadSpace is dedicated to supporting fathers across Australia. DadSpace provides information, strategies, tips, resources, and support specifically for dads who are expecting or have a new baby.

DadSpace also includes support for dads who are experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety via an online treatment program DadBooster, a world-first specialised online treatment based upon a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach.

Vision and mission

Parenthood is a time of transition requiring both mothers and fathers to adapt to new roles, demands and responsibilities. Parents need to continue to make changes to their life to accommodate their own changing needs, those of their baby and partner. This constant demand for adaptation can be draining on energy and resources and in some cases can leave couples depressed and anxious. We also know that if one partner is depressed or anxious there is a greater chance that the other may be also. Early recognition and treatment can really make a difference to family functioning for yourself, your partner and baby.

How DadSpace can help

DadSpace and DadBooster addresses the gap in services for dads living with perinatal anxiety and postnatal depression, to assist in their recovery via online tools and interactive programs. The launch of these programs is especially timely as new evidence emerges of increased COVID-related perinatal mental health challenges and much heavier reliance on online mental health support for new parents in Australia. Development of the DadSpace website and DadBooster, to improve dad’s wellbeing, was informed by evidence-based research and ongoing consultation PIRI is conducting with Australian dads.

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Programs and apps and tools

DadBooster — an active, six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy treatment program

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This information was originally published on healthdirect - DadSpace.

Last reviewed: April 2023

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Understanding Emotional Health & Postnatal Depression - DadSpace

Becoming a parent is a major life transition. Many parents struggle to adjust to the changes. We have put together this guide to understanding emotional health & postnatal depression.

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7 Tips for Dads - DadSpace

Looking for some tips for dads? Focus on giving hands-on help with the practical things such as taking turns to settle the baby at night and let her know she has your emotional support too.

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How Dads Can Support Mums with PND - DadSpace

In addition to all the other changes in your life, you may discover that your partner is experiencing difficulties adjusting to motherhood, depression, or anxiety. 

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Getting involved with your baby's care - DadSpace

Some dads wonder how they can support their partners with baby care in the first few months, particularly if the mother’s breast is the primary food source. Here's some tips you might find helpful.

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Strategies for Good Physical and Mental Health - DadSpace

There are many general strategies you can use to help you stay in good physical and mental health.

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Self-care for New Parents - DadSpace

It is important to remember to practice self-care and not to expect too much of yourself. Try to take each day as it comes.

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DadBooster - DadSpace

DadBooster is an active, six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy treatment program, closely comparable to the therapy delivered in traditional face-to-face psychology sessions, but entirely under the control of the user.

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Dads Stories - DadSpace

Dads share their experiences on becoming fathers and the joys and the challenges they faced.

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