Research projects

Web-based cognitive behavioural therapy for women with postnatal depression

Principal researcher

Prof Jeannette Milgrom

Institution

Parent-Infant Research Institute
Austin Health
University of Melbourne

Funding

$125,000

Award type

beyondblue Victorian Centre of Excellence

Project completion year

2014

Main messages

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.

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