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Women and Newborn Health Service

Health Professionals

 

King Edward Memorial Hospital

Women's Health Clinical Support Programs

Perinatal and infant mental health training

Women's Health Clinical Support Programs (WHCSP) provides free perinatal and infant mental health training and short presentations (which can be customised) for health professionals and community groups.

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Bookings

Training courses:

Short presentations:

  • About WHCSP (15 – 20 min)
  • Overview of perinatal mental health (15 min)
  • Perinatal anxiety disorders (1 hour)
  • Screening with the Perinatal Anxiety Screening Scale (PASS) (1 hour)
  • Perinatal social and emotional health for women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds (30 min)

To enrol or make an enquiry, follow our instructions for bookings.

For more professional development opportunities, visit the WNHS Education Hub or download the recommended training information sheet.

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Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) training

Developed by Women’s Health Services.

Target Audience:

Health professionals working with families during the antenatal and postnatal periods

Audience size:

Maximum of 10 participants

Duration:

4 hours

Overview:
This training is designed to assist health professionals and others in using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS). Other ancillary questions have been included to support health professionals with psycho-social screening.

The training includes a presentation, interactive discussion, role plays and audio visual material with a focus on shared experience and experiential learning.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge and skills development for health professionals working in the area of perinatal health.
  • Improvement in the identification of psychological issues in the antenatal and postnatal period by knowing:
    • when the EPDS should be used
    • how it should be administered
    • how it should be scored
    • guidelines for action on EPDS Question 10/suicide risk.
  • Improved early detection and treatment of PND and other perinatal mood disorders.
  • Standardise the screening measure across professional bodies.
  • Development of clear referral paths for local areas.
  • Overall increase in health and wellbeing for women, their partner and families.

To enrol or make an enquiry, follow our instructions for bookings.

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EPDS Train the Trainer program

Target Audience:
Health professionals from across Western Australia working with families during the antenatal and postnatal periods

Audience size:
Maximum of 15 participants

Duration:
2 days

Overview:

The WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit runs a ‘Train the Trainer’ program for its Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) course.

Participants receive EPDS training and attend a specialised session on how to train others. The participants are then able to facilitate the training in their health region.

Expected Outcomes:

The outcomes are the same as for the EPDS training, with the addition of:

  • development of new trainers across Western Australia who can plan, promote, conduct and evaluate the EPDS training in their local area

To enrol or make an enquiry, follow our instructions for bookings.

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Aboriginal Maternal Mental Health training (Boodjarri Business)

Target Audience:

Primarily Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) from across Western Australia, but also for other health professionals working with Aboriginal families during the antenatal and postnatal periods.

Audience size:

Maximum of 15 participants

Duration:

1 day

Overview:

The training involves small group and whole class discussion, activities, case studies, role plays and a DVD (“Boodjarri Business: Yarning about Feelings After Baby”). All participants receive a resource book.
Topics covered include:

  • common perinatal mental health problems and their signs/symptoms
  • risk and protective factors for perinatal mental health problems
  • the impact of perinatal mental health problems on families
  • ways to help and support families
  • the role of AHWs as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • ways AHWs can take care of themselves while providing perinatal mental health care to communities

Expected Outcomes:

Participants will be able to

  • recognise the signs and symptoms of common perinatal mental health problems
  • identify risk and protective factors for perinatal mental health problems
  • describe the impact of perinatal mental health problems on families, and ways to support families
  • describe ways they can support themselves while working in perinatal mental health

To enrol or make an enquiry, follow our instructions for bookings.

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Perinatal Anxiety Disorders (PAD) training

Developed by WA Perinatal Mental Health Services (i.e. representatives from the Department of Psychological Medicine Consultation Liaison Service and the WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit).

Target Audience:

Health professionals from across Western Australia working with families during the antenatal and postnatal periods, including (but not limited to) general practitioners, child health nurses and midwives.

Audience size:

Maximum of 15 participants

Duration:

1 day

Overview:

The perinatal period (from conception to three years after birth) is an especially important time. The mental health of parents and caregivers during this time can have a profound influence upon the short and long term development of the infant.

Research into perinatal mental health has largely focused on postnatal depression, though there has been a recent movement to acknowledge the importance of anxiety. Perinatal anxiety is now known to affect foetal development and impact upon a child’s long-term social, emotional and psychological wellbeing. Furthermore, antenatal anxiety has been identified as a significant risk factor for postnatal depression.

There is a need for health professionals to learn about the adverse effects of perinatal anxiety and how it can be managed. The module is possibly the first of its kind in Australia.

The training has five sections:

  1. Introduction to anxiety in the perinatal period
  2. Anxiety disorders in the perinatal period
  3. Engagement, screening, strategies and referral
  4. Treatment
  5. Role plays

Expected Outcomes:

Participants will be able to

  • recognise the signs and symptoms of a client presenting with anxiety
  • identify factors that contribute to anxiety
  • describe the possible impact of anxiety on the individual and the family
  • differentiate between types of anxiety disorders in the perinatal period
  • describe strategies for engagement/ screening of clients with anxiety disorders
  • formulate a care plan including referral options
  • describe the range of treatment options available
  • identify issues of concern that warrant further exploration
  • screen for anxiety, using the EPDS and the PASS
  • describe potential diagnoses
  • discuss treatment and referral options

To enrol or make an enquiry, follow our instructions for bookings.

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PAD Train the Trainer program

Target Audience:

Health professionals from across Western Australia working with families during the antenatal and postnatal periods

Audience size:

Maximum of 15 participants

Duration:

2 days

Overview:

The WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit runs a ‘Train the Trainer’ program for its Perinatal Anxiety Disorders (PAD) course.

Participants receive PAD training and attend a specialised session on how to train others. The participants are then able to facilitate the training in their health region.

Expected Outcomes:

The outcomes are the same as for the PAD training, with the addition of:

  • development of new trainers across Western Australia who can plan, promote, conduct and evaluate the PAD training in their local area

To enrol or make an enquiry, follow our instructions for bookings.

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Perinatal Anxiety Screening Scale (PASS) training

Developed by Department of Psychological Medicine WNHS.

Target Audience:

Health professionals working with families during the antenatal and postnatal periods.

Audience size:

Negotiable.

Duration

4 hours/ 1 hour sessions available
6 minute video demonstration - View video demonstration

Face to face session overview

This training is designed to introduce a new screening scale that health professionals can use to screen for a broad range of problematic anxiety symptoms during the antenatal period and up to 12 months postnatally.

The training includes a presentation, interactive discussion, role plays and audio visual material with a focus on shared experience and experiential learning.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge and skill development for health professionals working in the area of perinatal health.
  • Improvement in the identification of problematic anxiety symptoms during the antenatal period and postnatally by knowing:
  • when the PASS should be used
  • how to administer the PASS
  • how to score the PASS
  • cautions when interpreting the PASS
  • Improve early identification and intervention for Anxiety Disorders in the perinatal period.
  • Standardise the screening measure across professional bodies.
  • Development of clear referral paths for local area.
  • Overall increase in the health and wellbeing for women their partner and families.

To enrol or make an enquiry, follow our instructions for bookings.

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Bookings

Bookings can be made in one of the following ways:

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