Autumn 2020


  • The idea for Through the Unexpected was shared
  • Recruitment for the founding Board of Directors commenced

Winter 2020


  • Recruited the first Board of Directors
  • Established the constitution and organisational values
  • Established connections with researchers, clinicians, peers and support organisations
  • Developed an initial website and social media profiles
  • Prepared a submission the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Spring 2020


  • Completed and approved the constitution
  • Registered Through the Unexpected Ltd with ASIC
  • Developed connections with researchers, clinicians and peers
  • Applied for ACNC registration as a health promotion charity
  • Strengthened governance and operations through the development of policies, procedures and the risk framework

Summer 2020 - 2021


  • Registration with ACNC as a Health Promotion Charity
  • ATO endorsement as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR)
  • Engaged our first Master of Social Work student for placement
  • Developed frameworks and plans for several exciting projects
  • Applied for funding for those exciting projects
  • Connected with people with the lived experience of receiving a prenatal diagnosis

Autumn 2021


  • Presented a session at the Australian College of Midwives event “Working with Women Who…” about supporting parents who have received a prenatal diagnosis (available for members to view)
  • Developed and launched our temporary website directory of patient support organisations, glossary, guidelines and links to find support
  • Supported the first Mental Health Professionals Network online meeting, connecting professionals around Australia to discuss improving the experience of prenatal diagnosis

Winter 2021


  • Published an article in the Australian College of Midwives Magazine that goes out for 5000 members
  • Expanded website resources and links
  • Determined priorities and our strategic plan for the next 18 months
  • Hosted the second Prenatal Diagnosis and Mental Health MHPN Online Network meeting
  • The Prenatal Diagnosis and Mental Health MHPN Online Network grew to 330 professionals
  • Invited to an advisory board for an ARC-funded research project

Spring 2021

Achieved (so far):

  • Hosted the third Prenatal Diagnosis and Mental Health MHPN Online Network meeting
  • Presented at the GV Health Perinatal ECHO
  • Provided feedback on guidelines
  • Prepared our first Annual Report