Statewide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Program (SPIMHP)

The Statewide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Program is a non-clinical service providing support to Western Australian (WA) health and community professionals who work with families as well as consumers. The program includes education and training, health promotion initiatives, service coordination and support for clinical networks and research.

 

2022 Symposium

2022 Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Symposium flyer (PDF)

In partnership with Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) and PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia), the 2022 Statewide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Program (SPIMHP) annual symposium “Perinatal Mental Health in a time of challenge and new horizons” is now open for registration. This year’s event will be held on Friday 4 November at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Nedlands. The symposium will present recent research and evidence-based strategies including rural and remote pregnancy and wellbeing study, impacts from COVID, placenta and stress studies, parenting and intellectual disability, autism assessment, mindfulness based group program – Mind Baby Body, women and addictions in a rural context.

 

Education and training

Training is provided in person, on-line and / or via videoconferencing. The training sessions focus on the importance of screening and referrals. Professional development opportunities for health and community professionals are also offer via symposiums, forums and workshops.

Antenatal Risk Questionnaire (ANRQ) (PDF)

This training is designed to introduce the ANRQ, a validated screening tool used to identify psychosocial risk factors associated with increased risk of developing a mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety, in the perinatal period.

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) (PDF)

This training is designed to assist health professionals and others in using the EPDS. It includes a presentation, interactive discussion, role plays and audio visual material with a focus on shared experience and experiential learning.

Perinatal Anxiety Disorders training (PDF)

This training provides participants with an introduction to anxiety in the perinatal period. Prevalence and types of anxiety disorders are explored, along with engagement, screening and treatment options.

Serious Mental Illness training (coming soon)

This training has been developed for mental health clinicians and other health staff working with women with a serious mental illness diagnosis in the perinatal period. It aims to increasing awareness and understanding of the complex challenges that women, families and clinicians face during the perinatal period.

Kimberley Mum's Mood Scale training (KMMS) (external site)

The KMMS was developed to be a culturally secure approach to screening for depression and anxiety during the perinatal period for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. The aim of the KMMS is to identify concerns as they arise so women can receive appropriate support quickly. This in turn minimises the potential impact, severity and duration of the effects of perinatal depression and anxiety on the mother, child and family.

Free KMMS training module (external site).

 

Health Promotion

Perinatal and infant mental health promotion aims to keep people well and promote positive mental health and resilience. Prevention and early intervention are key components of perinatal and infant mental health promotion.

SPIMHP’s health promotion activities aim to:

  • Keep people well and promote positive mental health and resilience
  • Support early identification, intervention and social support by:
    • Provide access to resources and services to support mental health and wellbeing during the perinatal period
    • Provide access to culturally appropriate screening tools

 

Key SPIMHP health promotion activities include:

  • Developing the Statewide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Promotion and Prevention Plan.
  • Distributing a bimonthly Perinatal and Infant Mental Health News and Events newsletter for health and community workers.
  • Maintaining a consumer website with resources and information.
  • Producing the SPIMHP Booklet: Finding Help before and after baby arrives (PDF) (2021) which provides an extensive list of services from across WA for new or expecting mums and families.
  • Coordinating the WA Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Promotion Network which brings together individuals and organisations who work in the area of perinatal and infant mental health and health promotion. To join please email SPIMHP@health.wa.gov.au

 

Other - Severe Mental Illness support

The KEMH Perinatal Mental Health Services for Women with Severe Mental Illness (PDF) is an integrated pregnancy, postnatal and mental health service for WA women with severe mental illness. Services include:

In addition to keeping people well and promoting positive mental health and resilience, the SPIMHP works in collaboration with stakeholders who work in the area of perinatal mental health and mental health to support early identification, intervention and social support. Two key documents are:

  • The Statewide Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Promotion and Prevention Plan (TBA) aims to promote universal screening and early identification at regular time-points during pregnancy, the postnatal period, infancy and early childhood. The Plan has been based on the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) approval of recommendations in COPE’s Mental Health Care in the Perinatal Period: Australian Clinical Practice Guideline (2017) and the National Clinical Practice Guidelines Pregnancy Care (2020).
  • A referral pathway for perinatal mental health (PDF), for use with the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), to provide potential referral options for postnatal women in relation to their EPDS score.

 

Statewide coordination

The SPIMHP role in statewide coordination includes:

  • Contributing to the development of mental health policies and guidelines relevant to the perinatal period.
  • Working with Health Service Providers, non-Government organisations and other stakeholders to support service improvement in the perinatal period.

The Perinatal Mental Health Services located at King Edward Memorial Hospital offer specialist support to women with a history of serious and complex mental health problems during the perinatal period. The services include a pre-conception clinic, and antenatal and postnatal support:

Last Updated: 15/09/2022