STATEWIDE OBSTETRICS SUPPORT UNIT. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA
This document provides recommendations for the screening, diagnosis, referral and management of women with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The aim of the guidelines is to improve screening, diagnosis, referral and management of women with perinatal mental health issues; and to foster the comprehensive care of perinatal mental health issues and thus reduce morbidity and emotional suffering in women and their families.
The content of this document includes detailed information on the rationale for writing the guidelines, general information about the common diagnoses and how to screen for them, plus guidance on prevention, referral and management. Finally, there is a list of resources that can be accessed by Web or telephone, plus helpful books and journal articles. The companion document entitled ‘Perinatal Depressive and Anxiety Disorders: Summary Guidelines for Western Australia’ is a quick reference for daily use.
The intended audience of these guidelines includes health care professionals involved in the care of perinatal women such as General Practitioners, Obstetricians, Midwives and Child Health Nurses. Other relevant professionals include mental health nurses, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, pastoral care staff, lactation consultants, pharmacists, and dieticians.