Our programs

Our programs at COPE involve a range of innovative and exciting programs of work in the field of perinatal mental health. Our programs include:

Review of Australia’s National Clinical Practice Guidelines

The Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE) has been commissioned to undertake a review, and update Australia’s Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines. These Guidelines were initially developed by beyondblue in 2011.

The Guideline development will be informed through the development of an Expert Working Group (EWG), formed through nomination of representatives from each of the Professional Bodies representing primary, maternity, postnatal and mental health care (as reflected in COPE’s Membership).

The current revision of the Guidelines and development of companion documents for health professionals, consumers and carers is due for completion in October 2017.  This will follow extensive consultation with consumers, carers, professionals and governments which will be undertaken later this year, and the submission of the Revised Guidelines to the NHMRC Council for endorsement (March 2017).

Aboriginal Mapping Project

Aboriginal Mapping Project ReportFunded by the Commonwealth Government, this detailed scoping study sought to determine the degree to which core components of Australia’s National Perinatal Depression Initiative (NPDI) are currently integrated across the 85 Aboriginal community controlled health organisations and primary health care settings that are funded by the Commonwealth to provide New Directions Mothers and Babies Services.

Using extensive qualitative and qualitative methods, the project has obtained important insights into current awareness, attitudes and practices amongst health practitioners across these New Directions settings.  In particular, current practices surrounding screening, treatment and referral pathways has identified current opportunities and barriers to best practice in perinatal healthcare across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations nationally.

To view or download the full report click here.

Having a Baby – Understanding your emotional journey

Following extensive qualitative research revealed a range of issues for women who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy, this large scale study seeks to quantify the extent to which these findings are relevant to the broader population.

Through undertaking an anonymous and confidential online survey with over 1000 women to date, the findings have revealed detailed insights into women’s experience of symptoms, stigma, help-seeking behaviour and experiences with treatment services.  This information has been used to underpin the information that COPE provides to women, families and health professionals, informs our strategic directions, and enables us to identify areas of need for advocacy surrounding perinatal care.

To take part in this important research and inform the work of COPE click here.

Valuing perinatal mental health

In order to estimate the costs incurred by perinatal depression and anxiety associated with births in 2013, COPE in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are undertaking an economic analysis of costs incurred for not treating perinatal depression and anxiety. These findings reveal the potential scale and scope of perinatal depression and anxiety in Australia for one year.

To download the report click here.

Perinatal Workplace Mental Health (PWMH) Workshop

From ‘Working Person’ to ‘Working Parent’

The Perinatal Workplace Well-being workshop builds upon existing national workplace programs to provide a much needed perinatal focus. Developed by Transitioning Well (TW) in partnership with COPE, this 1.5 hour workshop is underpinned by the nationally endorsed Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines and facilitated by an accredited perinatal workplace psychologist.

Some Facts:

  1. One in seven mums and one in ten dads suffer from postnatal depression.  Even more people experience anxiety and many (around half) experience depression and anxiety at the same time.
  2. Compared to many other life stages, the transition to parenthood is a high-risk time to experience psychological distress or develop/have a reoccurrence of a mental health condition.
  3. Lost productivity due to perinatal depression is estimated to cost Australian workplaces $310.34M each year.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Increase knowledge transfer of the personal and financial costs of perinatal mental health;
  • Identify the risks associated with the perinatal period from a workplace perspective, including fear of disclosure;
  • Develop concrete strategies to identify and respond to perinatal mental health for both men and women;
  • Provide information on where and how to access resources for timely and appropriate pathways to care; and
  • Develop practical skills and strategies to manage perinatal mental health issues at work.

To find out more about this program click here.

To register your interest or to discuss how this can be tailored for your workplace contact either info@cope.org.au or info@transitioningwell.com.au