Preterm Infants’ Parents’ Association Inc.
PIPA operates in QLD, Northern NSW, SA & NT
Each year approximately 8.5% of babies born in Australia are born premature (less than 37 weeks gestation). Over 5,000 of these are born in Queensland and approximately 1,700 in South Australia. The Preterm Infants Parents Association Inc. (PIPA) is a charity which offers practical and emotional support to the families of these infants born premature. Our goal is to raise awareness of premature birth and to provide understanding, information, encouragement, friendship and assistance to parents of preterm infants.
PIPA was formed in Brisbane in 1980 to try to offer whatever help is needed to families of premature babies. It is now the only Statewide association still operating in Australia. It is also a founding member of the National Premmie Foundation Inc. This allows PIPA to network with other preterm infant parent support groups around Australia.
The self-help nature of PIPA is its strength and the characteristic that makes it different from other support mechanisms found in and around intensive care units. PIPA has contact with parents during their babies stay in hospital and this contact continues after their baby is discharged from the nurseries.
PIPA offers a variety of support services which include hospital visiting, support meetings, library, newsletter, preterm infant fact sheets, website, help and information telephone line, prem parents get togethers, community education and other direct assistance as required.
President: Rachael Anderson 0437 677 323
Parent Support: Eileen Cooke 07 3314 0115
South Australia Branch
Coordinator: Shari Chambers 08 8524 3601
Parent Help and Information Line: 1300 PremParent (1300 773 672)
PO Box 400
RBH Qld 4029
Patron: Prof. David Tudehope
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