Mental Health Resources

Perinatal depression and anxiety have serious and long lasting effects on both parents and children if untreated. Consistent, early and effective identification and response by trained health professionals to families during this period can improve outcomes. 

As part of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI) training in psychosocial assessment and women centered communication was provided to Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurses in 2013. The training assists MCH nurses to undertake the 4 week Key Ages and Stages (KAS) Framework Emotional Health assessment and ongoing assessment consistent with the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Depression and Related Disorders – anxiety, bipolar disorder and puerperal psychosis –  in the perinatal period. For more information, see: NPDI 

The practice resources manual for Victorian MCH nurses on Perinatal Mental Health and Psychosocial Assessment provides MCH nurses with information regarding perinatal mental health disorders, screening and psychosocial assessment, pathways to care and women centered communication.

A sticker was provided to amend the previous wording in the ‘Emotional Health’ section of the MCH Health Service: Practice Guidelines 2009 (page 29).

This training was developed by the Parent Infant Research Institute (PIRI) and applicable to MCH practice.

Resources

Useful links

    ThinkGP provides online training on detecting and managing perinatal mental health in primary care. It discusses the screening and further assessment of women in the perinatal period for possible depression and/or anxiety.