In what will be the largest trial yet up to 30,000 dads-to-be and new dads will be able to enrol in SMS4dads over the 9 months from September 2020.

The project is being conducted by NSW Health with funding from The Australian Government. Four Local Health Districts, Northern NSW, Northern and Western Sydney and Murrumbidgee will be involved.

The project will test recruitment to SMS4dads and whether distressed dads will be identified through the Mood Checker and screening. The project will also try to increase awareness of fathers’ needs among health staff and make perinatal services more father-inclusive.