A world-first online screening program is supporting the mental health of new and expectant mums in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, thanks to a new partnership between Northern Health and the Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE), Australia’s peak body for reducing the impacts of perinatal anxiety and depression.
COPE has developed the iCOPE digital platform to identify mums at risk and facilitate faster and more effective mental health screening in the perinatal period (pregnancy and year following birth). The app enables perinatal mental health screening to be undertaken across all clinical settings, from in-person to remote screening via SMS.
The new service is now being used by all maternal healthcare teams at the Northern Hospital Epping, Broadmeadows Hospital, Craigieburn Centre and the Northern Health home visiting service, which are among the first public hospitals in Victoria to be running the iCOPE screening program.
The iCOPE perinatal mental health screening tool is now available to all GPs, obstetricians, maternity hospitals and maternal and child health services in Australia. Call 1800 314 698 or visit www.icope.org.au for more information.
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Disclaimer: This article was provided by the Centre of Perinatal Experience (COPE). While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.
Disclaimer: This article was provided by Centre for Perinatal Experience. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.