Free accredited online training for health professionals

In response to the recognised need for free, accredited online training for all primary/maternity health care professionals, beyondblue in partnership with representatives from COPE and the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI) have developed a fully accredited, online training program.  The program has been tailored to the Basic Skills section of the Training Matrix for PMH Skills & Knowledge.

The experiential learning program has six 1-hour training modules, incorporating case studies and clinical advice from leading perinatal mental health experts.

The training was developed through the establishment of a Workforce Training and Development Committee, as well as consumer and carer representatives, and other health professional experts. All materials were produced by GenesisEd: an accredited provider with the RACGP and RCNA and leaders in online education for health professionals.

The program consists of 6 different learning Activities, which can be completed as one ALM (Active Leaning Module) or as six separate educational Activities.

The six educational activities (making up the ALM):

  1. Overview of Perinatal Mental Health and the Need to Screen
  2. Depression Screening Using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)
  3. PND: Further Assessment and Management 
  4. PND: Pathways to Care: Collaborative Practice 
  5. PND: GP Mental Health Treatment Plans  
  6. Management of Perinatal Depression  

Note:  Activities 5 and 6 of this program are aimed specifically at GPs; however we do encourage all primary health professionals to complete these Activities too.

ALM Program Objectives

Completion of the Active Learning Module (ALM) will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to:

  • differentiate between and understand the range of perinatal mental health disorders
  • understand the background, purpose and importance of screening, its application and limitations, and how to implement screening using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)
  • understand the importance of conducting a broader psychosocial assessment, including risk assessment, for comprehensive clinical care
  • interpret and integrate the EPDS scores and other assessment material, and communicate these results to women using basic counselling skills and client-centred communication
  • be aware of evidence-based interventions for anxiety, depression and related disorders in the perinatal period
  • understand the importance of knowing where and how to refer to relevant pathways and existing treatments, interventions and support.

To view the the complete ALM click here


The ALM has successfully been accredited for RACGP (40 pt), ACRRM (6 pt) and RCNA (6 pt) and each of the six educational Activities has been fully accredited for RACGP (2 pt), ACRRM (2 pt) and RCNA (1 pt).

This program has also been accredited by the General Practice Mental Health Standards Collaboration (GPMHSC) as a Mental Health Skills Training (MHST) activity.  To gain professional development points for this activity, all health professionals should first ensure that they check the requirements of their standards body.