About Us

Who we are

Who We Are

We are a group of passionate individuals and professionals raising awareness of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

The Gidget Foundation is a not for profit organisation which provides support services for families suffering emotional distress during pregnancy and early parenting. We also provide education and awareness programs for health professionals and the community to learn more about Perinatal Anxiety and depression.

Our Story:

Gidget was the nickname of a young mother who took her own life while suffering postnatal depression. All those close to her were unaware she was suffering so desperately and we were devastated by her death.  Unfortunately each year in Australia mothers lose their lives to this illness. The tragic loss of Gidget inspired her sisters and friends to establish a foundation in her name, with a passion to care for distressed families and offer them hope.

Gidget’s sisters and friends remain the backbone of our organisation. Bringing with them passion and diverse skills, their dedication and hard work have helped convert a personal tragedy into a powerful movement.

Over the years the Gidget Foundation has evolved and grown.  Our strength lies in the many supporters who share our vision.  We’re a passionate community of individuals and professionals with some wonderful skills, qualities and emotional connection.  We’ve all been touched by the distressing affects of perinatal mood disorders.

We are able to leverage our impact and strengthen our outcomes by working collaboratively with many professionals who support vulnerable parents.  All funds raised are directed to our programs.



















































What do we do

What We Do

We raise awareness of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression and provide support for those in need

The Gidget Foundation provides support for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression by:

  • Support services for families suffering emotional distress during pregnancy and early parenting.
  • Education and awareness programs for health professionals and the community.

Our mission is:

To promote the importance of emotional wellbeing amongst expectant and new parents, their healthcare providers and the wider community to ensure that those in need receive timely, appropriate and supportive care.

The Gidget Foundation is a not for profit organisation.  We are grateful for our supporters from the community, the corporate sector, the medical profession, members of parliament and the media.  We are supported entirely through philanthropic donations and receive no government funding.

We are able to leverage our impact and strengthen our outcomes by working collaboratively with many professionals who support vulnerable parents.

Our programs include:

  • Gidget House providing free psychological support for families experiencing emotional distress during pregnancy and early parenthood.
  • The Emotional Wellbeing Program at North Shore Private Hospital funded by the nib Foundation
  • Education and awareness programs for health professionals and the community
  • Annual Tresillian Scholarship for a child and family health nurse to undertake a 12 month adult mental health course
  • Advocacy and active memberships of professional networks
  • Research and contribution to mainstream and professional publications
  • Development and distribution of resources to assist parents

Can we support you?

We provide a variety of support services including

  • Resources including brochures, books, DVDs
  • Community presentations
  • Corporate presentations on parental leave and staff engagement
  • Health Professional Education including students, health and allied health professionals

Please contact us for further information or to discuss collaboration

02 9460 1550
















































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Board of Directors

Gidget Board of Directors


vijay_roachChairman – Dr Vijay Roach
Dr Vijay Roach is an obstetrician and gynaecologist in private practice at North Shore Private Hospital and the Mater Hospital and public practice at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. A Councillor with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, he also lectures at the University of Sydney.



catherine_knoxCatherine Knox
Catherine has a background in marketing, adult education and corporate training. Her current role includes advocacy and frequent representations to professional, industry and community groups. Catherine has a Masters in Gender and Cultural Studies and co-authored Beyond the Baby Blues.



bryanne_barnettProfessor Bryanne Barnett AM
Now at UNSW, Bryanne was the Foundation Chair of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her interests include: early intervention, prevention and health promotion. Bryanne is a consultant psychiatrist with St John of God Health Care and at Karitane, where she was Chairman. She has collaborated for many years with beyondblue.



Mrs Simone Short
Simone is Gidget’s youngest sister. She has worked with the Gidget Committee for ten years, raising awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression and producing events to fundraise for Gidget programs.



jarrod_bowdithMr Jarrod Bowditch
Jarrod is Director of Verifact, a company he established 15 years ago, which now has a national presence concerned with Traffic Management, Security and Training. He is the Australian Institute of Professional Investigators’ NSW vice-president and a member of the Risk Management Institution of Australasia. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science. Jarrod was a close friend of Gidget.



patrick_delaneyMr Patrick Delany
Patrick is a veteran executive of the subscription television industry. He was closely involved in the building of FOXTEL into a major media company as FOXTEL Executive Director of Sales and Product Development. He is currently CEO of FOX Sports Australia – Australia’s major sports television producer. Patrick has degrees in Law and Economics.



image002Ms Jessica Davis
Jessica is a Director of KPMG’s audit practice, working with a variety of clients ranging from large listed corporates to not-for
-profit organisations. She brings extensive knowledge of financial, governance, risk management matters and best business practises to the Board. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia, an ASIC Registered Auditor and studied a Bachelor of Commerce at Macquarie University.


image004Ms Kara Nicholls – Company Secretary BBus, MLS, FGIA, MAICD, JP
Kara is an experienced corporate governance professional with over 18 years of global equity capital markets, commercial and corporate compliance experience. She brings extensive knowledge of the Australian Securities Exchange listing rules, corporate governance and company compliance and administration to the Board. She is a member of the Advisory Board of Macquarie University’s Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance (DAB) and Chair of the DAB’s Nominations Committee.


Gidget Professional Advisors

stephhuges_109x131pxlMs Stephanie Hughes
Steph has extensive experience in executive management, finance and stakeholder communication in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. She had a lengthy career in corporate finance and investor relations at Qantas and before joining the Gidget Foundation as General Manager, was the CEO of the Australian Charities Fund. She has a Commerce degree, CPA and an MBA (Exec) from AGSM.




Ms Kelly McNeill
Kelly is an advisor at PwC Private Clients and specialises in providing accounting, taxation and structuring advice to a range of private clients including individuals, families and private businesses.  Kelly is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has a degree in Commerce (Accounting & Finance, UNSW).






Gidget Team

Gidget Foundation Australia Team

The Gidget Foundation is operated by a small team of staff and volunteers. Gidget staff include:

  • CEO – Arabella Gibson
  • Business Development Manager – Natalie Speranza
  • Gidget House Practice and Finance Manager – Jacquie Murray
  • Gidget House Administration Executive – Melisa Tonge
  • Gidget House Administration Executive – Penny Bailey
  • Brand and Graphic Design – Alexandra Berthold

The Gidget Committee includes the sisters and friends of Gidget. The Committee coordinate fundraising events and contribute to various aspects of Gidget Foundation operations. Gidget Committee members include:

  • Simone Short
  • Jacqui Cotton
  • Lou Hunter
  • Libby Bowditch
  • Lisa Humphries
  • Alexandra Berthold
  • Stephanie Hughes

Arabella Gibson, CEO

Arabella Gibson is the CEO of The Gidget Foundation Australia, a not for profit organisation supporting the emotional wellbeing of new parents and their families, while providing education for health professionals and the community.

Arabella joined GFA in February 2017 after a lengthy career in the media industry, working in management for small business as well as publicly listed entities in both Australia and the UK.

Most recently, Arabella was General Manager for iSUBSCRiBE, an online magazine subscription business, based in London. Whilst living in the UK, Arabella took maternity leave, having had twins.

Prior to this, Arabella was the Director of Communications for Australian media entity PBL Media as well as its subsidiary businesses the Nine Network Australia and Bauer Media (formerly ACP Magazines). Arabella was promoted to this role having held the position of Group Public Relations & Media Manager for ACP Magazines, responsible for the PR and communication of over 80 titles.

Before joining ACP Magazines, Arabella was General Manager – Marketing & Sales for Australian icon brand, RM Williams, for 5 years, managing both the local and international branding and retail businesses.

Prior to that, Arabella was General Manager of leading public relations firm, Colvin Communications International, which included clients such as Louis Vuitton, Krug Champagne, the Leading Hotels of the World, MAC cosmetics, the Cointreau Ball, ACP Magazines and RM Williams among many others.

Arabella holds a Masters Degree in Communication Management from UTS.

Please view the below video message from the new CEO, Arabella Gibson.

Below are some of the Gidget committee at a Gidget ladies lunch!






Raising Awareness of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

lisa_hensleyLisa Hensley

Lisa Hensley is the patron of The Gidget Foundation. She was a close school friend of Gidget’s and is a mother. She is a highly respected Australian actor who has played many roles in various TV shows and mini series. She currently presents the The Know on Foxtel and From The Heart on Qantas inflight radio. Lisa has been a strong supporter of the Gidget Foundation for many years and is passionate about promoting awareness of perinatal anxiety and depression.



kerryn_baird_161x168pxlKerryn Baird

Kerryn has a background in commerce working as an accountant for a number of years with PwC before moving into Hotel Sales and Marketing, working in Sydney and overseas. She is currently working at The Centre for Public Christianity. She has a passion to educate people about postnatal anxiety and depression, and is excited to be involved with The Gidget Foundation.












Supporters and Partners

Supporters and Partners

Gidget Foundation Supporters provide grants, products or pro bono services

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Gidget Foundation Partners work collaboratively to assist vulnerable families

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Professional alliances

Professional Alliances

Members of The Gidget Foundation have been invited to participate on a number of professional committees, and we have established networks and relationships with a variety of organisations including:

  • Tresillian
  • Karitane
  • St John Of God Perinatal Services
  • Beyondblue Research Committee
  • PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia)
  • Supporting Families Early Committee









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Gidget House
34 McLaren Street
North Sydney NSW 2060
Tel: 02 9460 1550 or 1300 851 758
Fax: 02 9460 1551
Email: contact@gidgethouse.com.au


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