Prof Jeannette Milgrom
Parent-Infant Research Institute
University of Melbourne
beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence
Project completion year
Every year, 40,000 women in Australia will experience Postnatal Depression (PND), yet fewer than 50 per cent seek help. The results from this study show that the fully developed online program, MumMoodBooster, is an effective treatment option for women with clinically diagnosed with PND:
- 71 per cent of women who received the program were no longer depressed following treatment (no longer met diagnostic criteria for depression)
- MumMoodBooster is a viable, effective treatment option accessible to large numbers of women in metropolitan, rural and remote areas
- women engaged well with the program
- satisfaction with the program was highly positive.
The program integrates best-practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) principles and is tailored to perinatally depressed women including infant and partner issues.
This is the first fully developed and evaluated online treatment for women diagnosed with PND according to DSM criteria.