Clinical Practice Guidelines

Compiled by Australia's leading mental health expert advisory groups the Beyond Blue's Clinical Practice Guidelines, endorsed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), provide research evidence that can be used to identify, treat and manage depression, anxiety and related disorders in adolescents and young peoplewomen and mothers.

These Guidelines received approval from the NHMRC in 2011, under S.14A of the NHMRC Act, 1992, as they met the NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines. 

Please note, as these publications are now more than five years of age they may no longer reflect current evidence or best practice.

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Adolescents and Young Adults Guidelines

In 2011 Beyond Blue developed Clinical Practice Guidelines for the identification and treatment of depression in adolescents and young adults. These guidelines are now out of date and are no longer available to download, as they may no longer reflect current evidence or best practice.

There are no current National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) clinical practice guidelines for depression in this age group. Orygen, the National Centre for Excellence in Youth Mental Health, has published a clinical practice guide Treating depression in young people: Guidance, resources and tools for assessment and management.

The guide outlines best practice assessment and management of depression in people aged 12-25 years, as specified in the guidelines published by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines

Given the high prevalence of perinatal mental health conditions during pregnancy and the year following the birth of a baby, in 2011 Beyond Blue developed Australia’s first guidelines for the treatment of perinatal mental health conditions.

The Guidelines were funded by state, territory and federal governments under the National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI)

Revised Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines have been developed by the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE). The new guidelines, titled 'Effective mental health care in the perinatal period: Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines' were released late October 2017.

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