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Dr Nicole Highet 


Dr Nicole Highet 

Founder and Executive Director 

COPE: Centre of Perinatal Excellence 


Dr Nicole Highet is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE). Nicole has a background in clinical psychology, marketing, campaign development, and advocacy.  Following over thirteen years at Beyond Blue as Deputy CEO, Nicole founded COPE in 2013 in response to the growth and success of Australia’s National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI).   

COPE has a dedicated focus on the specific issues faced by women, men, partners and their families during pregnancy and the year following birth, in order to reduce the known personal, social and economic costs associated with undiagnosed and untreated perinatal mental health conditions. COPE’s work includes National guideline development and world-leading innovative approaches to e-health promotion and stigma reduction, psycho-education, e-screening platforms, online training, and e-referral pathways via the e-COPE Directory. 


Our social handles are: 

  • Facebook – @COPEorg 
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  • Twitter – @COPEorg 
  • Linkedin – Centre of Perinatal Excellence (group) and Nicole Highet