Beyond babyblues: Detecting and managing perinatal mental health disorders in primary care is a free perinatal mental health online training program for health professionals. The program, developed by beyondblue, has been tailored to the basic skills section of the training matrix for perinatal mental health skills and knowledge.
This online training program has been developed with the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI), in consultation with the beyondblue National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI) Workforce Training and Development Committee, as well as consumer and carer representatives, and other health professional experts. All materials were produced by GenesisEd, an accredited provider with the RACGP and RCNA and leaders in online education for health professionals.
The program consists of six different learning activities, which can be completed as one Active Leaning Module (ALM) or as six separate educational activities.
The modules are:
- Overview of perinatal mental health and the need to screen
- Depression screening using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)
- Postnatal depression: Further assessment and management
- Postnatal depression: Pathways to care: Collaborative practice
- Postnatal depression: GP mental health treatment plans
- Management of perinatal depression
Note: Activities 5 and 6 of this program are aimed specifically at GPs; however we do encourage all primary health professionals to complete these activities too.
Active Learning Module (ALM) program objectives
Completion of the ALM will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to:
- differentiate between, and understand, the range of perinatal mental health conditions
- understand the background, purpose and importance of screening, its application and limitations, and how to implement screening using the EPDS
- understand the importance of conducting a broader psychosocial assessment, including risk assessment, for comprehensive clinical care
- interpret and integrate the EPDS scores and other assessment material, and communicate these results to women using basic counselling skills and client-centred communication
- be aware of evidence-based interventions for anxiety, depression and related disorders in the perinatal period
- understand the importance of knowing where and how to refer to relevant pathways and existing treatments, interventions and support.
The ALM has been successfully accredited for RACGP (40 pt), ACRRM (6 pt) and RCNA (6 pt) points and all six educational activities have been fully accredited for RACGP (2 pt), ACRRM (2 pt) and RCNA (1 pt).
This program has also been accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) as a Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) activity. To gain professional development points for this activity, all health professionals should first ensure that they check the requirements of their standards body.
These activities are endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives for MidPlus points equivalent to the number of activity hours. Other health professionals can complete these activities and receive certificates.