Standing up for Canberra

Shine Dome cake to highlight perinatal anxiety and depression

I'm delighted to be competing in Saturday’s PANDSIfest Mini Cake Off with a Canberra-themed coffee cake, modelled on the Shine Dome.

The decision reflects my love for the Academy of Science, for the modern architecture of Roy Grounds and for the iconic design of the building.

Thank you to everyone who offered cake ideas on social media, including for the Telstra Tower, Parliament House, Floriade and a bus stop.

The final product will be donated to the silent auction to raise funds for the dads, mums and mums-to-be experiencing perinatal anxiety or depression.

Too many Canberrans are suffering with perinatal depression and anxiety in silence, fearing their symptoms mean they’re bad parents.

PANDSI (Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information) helps to break down that destructive stigma by assisting about 250 Canberra families each year through its telephone service, playgroups, exercise classes, dad information sessions and support programs.

The Mini Cake Off is part of Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week, which raises awareness about the symptoms and support networks available.


Many of the new mums who call the National Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Helpline speak of mood swings, lack of energy and motivation, crying for no apparent reason and wanting to sleep more than usual. 

Others speak of inability to sleep (unrelated to baby) or eat, anger and irritability, feeling nervous or on edge and difficulty concentrating or thinking clearly.

With postnatal depression affecting nearly 700 new parents in Canberra every year, the work of PANDSI has never been more important.

It’s why I’m proud to support the PANDSIfest Mini Cake Off.

I’m encouraging Canberrans to dig deep and help break the stigma surrounding perinatal depression and anxiety – in the most delicious way possible.