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Validating the Kimberley mum's mood scale



This project aims to validate the Kimberley mum's mood scale (KMMS) using a gold standard mental health assessment to assess its acceptability.

The KMMS was developed as an alternative to the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale (EPDS) and screens for depression and anxiety in postnatal women. It was developed in collaboration with health care providers and over 100 Indigenous women from eight language groups throughout the Kimberley region in Western Australia (WA).

Indigenous Australians often do not access mental health care until it is urgent and hence early routine screening for perinatal depression and anxiety is deemed important. It is thought that early identification, treatment and support assists women in recovery from postnatal depression, which leads to enhancement of life skills, emotional development and rebuilding of relationships.

This project is a collaborative project between the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC), WA Country Health Service, Kimberley Boab Health Service and the Rural Clinical School WA.

Abstract adapted from the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council


Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
Corner of Anne and Dora Streets
PO Box 1377
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9194 3200
Fax: (08) 9192 2500


Last updated: 3 April 2014
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