INSPIRATIONAL PINE RIVERS WOMAN HONOURED BY QUEENSLAND SPEAKER
Speaker of the Queensland Parliament, The Hon Fiona Simpson, honoured Cashmere resident Debbie Spink at the Queensland Inspiring Women awards at Queensland Parliament House last Friday.
The award was presented to Mrs Spink during a sold out breakfast event being held in recognition of International Women’s Day.
The awards were initiated to honour women who strengthened individuals or communities in the area of business, community service, the arts, the environment or another arena. This year the focus was on honouring Women of Generosity.
Speaker Fiona Simpson said she was deeply impressed by the generosity and service of award recipients.
“These awards honour women who demonstrate a spirit of generosity, whether through a particular initiative or through a lifestyle of encouraging service to others. It was a great privilege on the eve of International Women’s Day to host some very inspiring women and celebrate the contributions they have made to our State,” she said.
State Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, praised Mrs Spink for her contributions to Queensland.
“Debbie has harnessed some very tough life experiences and uses her experiences to help other families throughout Queensland. She deserves to be honoured for her outstanding contribution to our community.”
Debbie is a mother of two girls and co-founder of Peachtree Perinatal Wellness. Seven weeks after the birth of her second daughter, she was diagnosed with postnatal depression. Debbie began treatment immediately, is now fully recovered and enjoys a full life with her young family.
In 2010, Debbie started to focus on how other women and families could benefit from her experience. Realising how little the public knew about perinatal (conception to 12 months post delivery) mental health, it was clear to her that a great need existed to raise awareness and understanding of perinatal mental health issues, and to address difficulties in accessing the limited support systems that do exist. Coming from the perspective of a sufferer, Debbie is in a unique position to help not only the public, but the service providers to understand what really is needed to improve early intervention and prevention strategies, and to contribute to the development of support systems for other sufferers.
Amongst other activities, Debbie runs classes about postnatal depression for expecting parents at Redcliffe Hospital and coordinates a growing number of “Peachy Parents Groups” for new mums across Queensland.
For more information, go to: http://www.peachtree.org.au/