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Perinatal Mental Health PG (8568.2)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Midwifery



    This unit focuses on the mental health and well-being of women and their families during pregnancy and the first year after the birth. It is within this framework that students will examine the major risk factors, indicators, treatment approaches, and on-going management in relation to women with perinatal mental health problems. Learning will be interactive, experiential, and directed toward developing knowledge, understanding and skills that enable the practitioner to provide evidence-based care for women, their babies, their partners, and their families.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Discuss the mental health problems experienced by women and their partners during pregnancy and in the first year after the birth of a baby;

    2. Critically evaluate the major approaches related to the assessment, care and treatment of women with perinatal mental health problems;

    3. Examine the support services available for women and their families; and

    4. Identify referral pathways for women who require specialist care.

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week.





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