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The Marcé Society - Australasian Chapter
The Marcé Society takes its name from Louis Victor Marcé who published the first substantial treatise on mental illness in pregnancy and the puerperium in 1858.
The Society was formed in the UK in 1980 and has a growing international membership. The formation of the Australasian Chapter of the Marcé in 1995 was a reflection of the growing commitment and enthusiasm within Australasia towards these issues.
The Marcé Society is multi-disciplinary and provides a forum for exchange of information and ideas between professionals concerned with the welfare of women and their families around the time of childbirth.
Increasingly, liaison between consumers/carers and health professionals is becoming a focus for the Society, as is the childbirth-related mental health of the Indigenous Peoples of Australia and New Zealand.
Traditionally, the main focus has been on mental illness related to childbearing. However, the interests of Australasian members often encompass broader areas including the maternal-infant relationship, attachment theory, the psycho-biology of pregnancy, antenatal and postnatal education, psycho-social aspects of obstetrics, perinatal bereavement and all aspects of mental health of women and their families during pregnancy and the postnatal period.
Close collaboration between clinicians and researchers is an important priority of the Australasian Chapter.
The Society also actively seeks to bring issues of mental health and illness related to childbearing into greater public awareness. This objective is achieved by educational activities, campaigning for better resource allocation (for both research and services) and through raising issues of policy with a variety of statutory bodies.
Membership & Meetings
Membership of the Marcé Society is open to all professionals who support the aims of the Society, for example nurses, midwives, psychiatrists, psychologists and other allied health professionals and researchers in the field. The Society organises a wide range of activities, including:
Ad hoc meetings are organised by members of the Society, one aim of which is to stimulate collaborative research, theses include:
Members of the Australasian Branch receive the newsletters of the International Marcé Society (2 per year) and the newsletters of the Australasian Chapter. These contain articles, reviews and (most importantly) up-to-date information about the local and overseas meetings, conferences and educational activities of organisations of interest of members. Such information is often difficult to glean from the mainstream journals.
Members are eligible for discounted registration fees for meetings and conference, as well as discounts on some book and journal purchases.
Since 2007 member’s annual subscription also includes six (6) copies per year of the Archives of Womens Mental Health Journal, posted directly to their nominated address.
Objectives of the Society
(a Society limited by guarantee)
Application for Membership
Application forms are available from the Marcé Secretariat or you may download a form by clicking on this link
The Marcé Secretariat
The International Societies website is at: www.Marcésociety.com
Australasian conference information: www.conorg.com.au
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation
RANZCP, RACOG, APA, APS
If you require any further information or assistance please contact:
The Marcé Secretariat
ABN: 17 097 752 737
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