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Implementing perinatal mental health screening for women of refugee background: an evaluation

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posted on 2020-01-21, 04:45 authored by SUZANNE MARGARET WILLEY
The perinatal mental health screening program was developed because up to 1 in 5 women feel depressed or anxious when pregnant or after having a baby. Women of refugee background may be more likely to be at risk of depression and anxiety in pregnancy. 274 women from refugee and non-refugee backgrounds were recruited to the study. We found 34% had both depression and anxiety symptoms in early pregnancy. Women and maternity care providers agreed the program helped to improve conversations about mental health. This screening program provides evidence for how to scale-up the program to the broader maternity service.


Principal supervisor

Jacqueline Anne Boyle

Additional supervisor 1

Melanie Gibson-Helm

Additional supervisor 2

Leanne Boyd

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences