“There are times in our lives when it is hard to do what we need to do to keep socially connected. This is where Groups 4 Health comes in.”

What is Groups 4 Health Mums?

Groups 4 Health is an evidence-based group program that is designed to help people better understand and manage their social relationships, with the goal of improving health and well-being. Groups for Health Mums is a trial group program specifically tailored for women who are pregnant, or have had a baby within the past 12 months. It consists of 5 x 2 hour sessions (1 per week over 4 weeks, with a follow-up one month later) with 6-8 participants per group.

Is Groups 4 Health Mums a program for me?

If you are pregnant, or have given birth within the past 12 months, then Groups 4 Health Mums could be for you.

If you are feeling:

  • sad, 
  • stressed and nervous, 
  • lonely or isolated 
  • or just concerned about how you are coping/will cope once you have a new baby…

…then Groups 4 Health Mums can help. The program addresses these issues by helping you to strengthen your existing social connections and develop new ones.

What topics will be covered?

Session 1 – Why your social group ties matter?

  • Increases awareness of the role that social groups play in our lives
  • Helps people to discover the benefits of social groups

Session 2 – Mapping your social world

  • We will illustrate your social group networks and relationships between them
  • This will be used to identify any areas that can be strengthened and developed further

Session 3 – How to make the most of your existing social networks

  • Discovering the best ways to make the most of your group ties
  • Identifying key ways to reconnect with old group ties

Session 4 – Building new connections

  • Identifying groups one wants to join
  • Developing the confidence to join new groups

Session 5 – Ensuring your group ties endure

  • Troubleshooting any issues encountered in managing social groups
How much does the program cost?

Nothing! The program is free.

What is involved?

After registering your interest by filling out the form below, a member of our research team will send you an email, requesting you to fill in an online questionnaire before the group commences. The information you provide helps us to check on your eligibility for the program. Once complete, we will tell you if you meet the eligibility criteria. In order to check how you are going and if the program is helpful, you will also be asked to fill in some surveys and other measures throughout the program and 2 months after it finishes. You may also be contacted, with your permission, after this time to complete follow-up surveys.

When and where are the groups run?

The workshops will be conducted at The University of Queensland, St Lucia. Groups will start in April 2017 and will continue throughout 2017. The first 4 sessions of the workshop will take place at the same time each week, followed by the final session one month later (at the same time).

We endeavour to schedule the workshops at various different times to accommodate for individual schedules.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I attend Groups 4 Health Mums if my baby is over 12 months old?

  • Unfortunately, you cannot attend Groups 4 Health Mums if your youngest child is over 12 months old at the time of registering your interest. However, you are more than welcome to register your interest for Groups 4 Health, and a researcher will contact you regarding your eligibility.

Is there childcare available while I am attending the program?

  • Unfortunately, there is no free childcare available on site, but you are more than welcome to bring your new baby along!

Are there facilities available so I can take care of my baby whilst doing the program?

  • Of course! You are welcome to bring along your baby to Groups 4 Health and facilities including a kitchenette and pram storage are available. Free parking is also available and can be arranged upon request.
Other Questions?
  • If you have any other questions regarding Groups 4 Health Mums, feel free to get in touch by emailing

This study is being supervised by Professor Catherine Haslam ( and adheres to the guidelines of the ethical review process. Please register your interest below.