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Title: National program for depression associated with childbirth: the Australian experience.
Austin Authors: Buist, Anne ;Ellwood, David;Brooks, Janette;Milgrom, Jeannette ;Hayes, Barbara A;Sved-Williams, Anne;Barnett, Bryanne;Karatas, Janan;Bilszta, Justin L C
Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, PO Box 5444, West Heidelberg VIC 3081, Australia
Issue Date: 18-Dec-2006
Publication information: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology 2006; 21(2): 193-206
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.
Gov't Doc #: 17175198
DOI: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2006.11.003
ORCID: 0000-0002-4082-4595
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Adult
Cultural Characteristics
Depression, Postpartum.ethnology.prevention & control
Ethnic Groups
Mass Screening
Maternal Health Services.organization & administration
National Health Programs.organization & administration
Postnatal Care
Prenatal Care
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