1h 15m
Karen-Ann Clarke
01 Dec 2015

Perinatal Mental Health

This Course is designed for nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant women/new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.


Explain the role of accurate assessment and early intervention in the woman who is experiencing mental distress


Describe the signs and symptoms of a variety of mental health disorders arising in the perinatal period


List the common treatment options available to treat these disorders with an emphasis on the safety for both mother and baby



07 Jul 2018
Great resource tool, not too lengthy so i didn't lose interest and the speaker was clear and concise throughout.
15 Jun 2018
Very informative that health workers need to learn
10 Jun 2018
Great resource regarding perinatal mental healt
26 May 2018
26 May 2018
Informative and relevant
26 May 2018
the best VLA I have watched
21 May 2018
Using beautiful immaculately groomed and made up models for this otherwise excellent presentation devalued its authenticity. Women suffering anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders described in this resource are unlikely to present in this way.
15 May 2018
The educator presents well. she is very kinowledgeable with regards to this topic. i think that his presentation will assist others provide appropriate care.
14 May 2018
02 May 2018
29 Apr 2018
What an excellent prsentation. easy to follow, informative compassionate.
26 Apr 2018
fantastic learning package. Simple and easy to follow
11 Apr 2018
Was interesting
12 Mar 2018
Great learning module.
07 Mar 2018
Well presented and informative
06 Feb 2018
Absolutely recommend this training for any staff involved in Child and Maternal health.
23 Dec 2017
very well presented

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Assessment of mental health during the perinatal period
  • Specific mental health disorders
  • Treatment options

Target audience

Nurses or midwives who are caring for pregnant women/new mothers who show signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.


Enhance understanding of how the vulnerable nature of pregnancy and childbirth can influence the emergence of mental health disorders in women.


It is widely accepted that the perinatal period (including birth and the following twelve months) is a time of extraordinary change in a woman’s life and that is it very common for a woman to experience a wide range of emotions. For many women, anxieties and fears spontaneously resolve, however there is a growing number of women for whom pregnancy and parenthood can trigger more serious mental health concerns. Women who have a history of pre-existing mental health disorders, who experience a lack of support, who have a previous history of trauma, or who are isolated by distance or culture (such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, or those from a culturally or linguistically diverse background) face a greater risk to their emotional wellbeing.
Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and more severe disorders such as psychosis impact on the wellbeing of not only the mother, but her baby and significant others and may have a profound impact upon the dynamics of family relationships. Nurses and midwives must have a fundamental understanding of these mental health disorders in order to screen for them effectively in the perinatal period and to recognise the emergence of signs and symptoms of mental ill health. This will allow them to respond with care that is evidenced-based, culturally safe and family-centered.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.