National program for depression associated with childbirth: the Australian experience

Buist, Anne, Ellwood, David, Brooks, Janette, Milgrom, Jeannette, Hayes, Barbara A., Sved-Williams, Anne, Barnett, Bryanne, Karatas, Janan, and Bilszta, Justin (2007) National program for depression associated with childbirth: the Australian experience. Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 21 (2). pp. 193-206.

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Abstract

Routine screening was introduced as a joint research/public-health initiative across 43 health services in Australia, funded by beyondblue, the National Australian Depression Initiative. This program included assessing risk factors and prevalence of depression in perinatal women. Other objectives included increasing awareness of the condition, training of relevant staff, and assessing the feasibility of a screening program. Women were screened antenatally and postnatally with a demographic questionnaire and the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. A subgroup of women and health professionals was surveyed. Over 40,000 women participated directly in the program. Data and issues for specific groups are presented. There was a high level of acceptability to women and health professionals involved. Screening is acceptable and feasible as part of the mental-health management of perinatal women. It needs to be supplemented with information for women and education and support for staff.

Item ID: 2274
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: depression screening; education; training; training and development; risk; risk analysis; diverse cultures; multiple births
ISSN: 1532-1932
Date Deposited: 29 May 2009 06:27
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111714 Mental Health @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 49%
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