Clinical Practice Guidelines

Compiled by Australia's leading mental health expert advisory groups the beyondblue'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.

Find out more and download the resources

Adolescents and Young Adults Guidelines

It is important for health professionals to be able to accurately identify young people who are at risk of depression and to provide emotional support, referring young people for specialist help when necessary.

The Adolescents and Young Adults Clinical Practice Guidelines guidelines benefit general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health professionals, nurses and primary health care workers. They are also intended for use by school counsellors, teachers, school psychologists and, importantly, young people, their families and friends.

Please note: As this publication is now more than five years of age it may no longer reflect current evidence or best practice.

Companion resources

In 2012, beyondblue commissioned an independent market research agency to evaluate the Guidelines. The evaluation involved consulting with health professionals, school counsellors, consumers and carers to assess how they used the Guidelines. Findings from the evaluation resulted in the development of companion/supporting documents.

The companion documents include a synthesis of the Clinical Practice Guidelines into an executive summary and two supporting guides: Engaging young people in health care and Assessment and management of depression in young people. These documents have been translated into an e-guide format to make it more accessible and user-friendly to health professionals, particularly general practitioners.

Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines

Given the high prevalence of perinatal mental health conditions during pregnancy and the year following the birth of a baby, beyondblue developed Australia’s first Guidelines for the treatment of perinatal mental health conditions.

The Guidelines, endorsed in 2011, assist health professionals working in primary care and maternity care. The Guidelines have also informed the development of an extensive range of companion resources for health professionals, women and their families.

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

beyondblue wishes to advise that 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.

Also available to download

  • Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and Psychosocial Questionnaire scoring wheel for health professionals
  • Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) scoring pad for health professionals

To download these resources, simply access beyondblue’s online ordering catalogue

Perinatal Systematic Literature Review

A Systematic Literature Review (SLR) was conducted to inform the development of the Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines. It includes a brief discussion of the methodology employed and the research questions used, and maps evidence summaries against recommendations.

The following mental health disorders were selected for inclusion in this SLR:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • puerperal psychosis
  • bipolar disorder.

In the context of this review, the term 'perinatal depression and related disorders' refers to these four conditions only.

Download the comprehensive SLR

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