Perinatal Support Program

Monash Health recognises that parenting is a life altering responsibility and offers its employees maximum support when embarking on this wonderful and rewarding journey. Our perinatal support program raises awareness about perinatal emotional and mental health and provides support to male and female doctors to manage the demands of work and life during the perinatal period.


The main purpose of the “Guide to Parental Leave for Employees and Managers” booklet is to outline the parental leave entitlements in a simple and concise manner and to promote the principles of equity and flexible working arrangements. The booklet is aimed at assisting staff in preparing for, and returning from, parental leave.

The booklet has been titled “Staying Connected” in an effort to highlight the fact that supervisors and managers play a vital role in supporting staff in all three phases associated with parental leave: the planning whilst at work, the leave – time away and the return to work.

This booklet is to be read in conjunction with the Fair Work Australia Act 2009, the Public Sector Industrial Relations Policy Manual 2010 and the relevant Certified Agreements.

For further information please visit the Human Resources website via the Monash Health intranet site.

Staying Connected – Guide to Parental Leave for Employees & Managers

Fair Work Australia – Fact Sheet: Requests for Flexible Working Arrangements

Monash Doctors Parental Leave Guide for Senior Medical Staff & Unit Heads

Monash Doctors Parental Leave Checklist

Staff Breastfeeding Facilities, Monash Medical Centre