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Validating the Kimberley Mum's Mood Scale



This project validated the Kimberley mum's mood scale (KMMS) against clinical assessment in a sample of 91 women.

The KMMS was developed as an alternative to the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale (EPDS) and screens for depression and anxiety in perinatal 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) to improve screening rates and help provide better care for the social and emotional health of perinatal Aboriginal women.

This study demonstrated the KMMS diagnostic accuracy and acceptability, and Kimberley regional guidelines now recommend using the KMMS as an alternative to the EPDS during the perinatal period for Aboriginal women. The KMMS also improved the ability of health service providers to understand social and cultural issues relevant to their patients.

This study was a joint project between the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services, WA Country Health Service, and Rural Clinical School of Western Australia.

Abstract adapted from the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services


Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
12 Napier Terrace
PO Box 1377
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9194 3200
Fax: (08) 9192 2500

Related publications

Kotz J, Munns A, Marriott R, Marley J (2016)

Perinatal depression and screening among Aboriginal Australians in the Kimberley.

Contemporary Nurse; 52(1): 42-58

Evaluated publications

Marley JV, Kotz J, Engelke C, Williams M, Stephen D, Coutinho S, Trust SK (2017)

Validity and acceptability of Kimberley mum's mood scale to screen for perinatal anxiety and depression in remote Aboriginal health care settings.

PLOS ONE; 12(1): e0168969

Retrieved 30 January 2017 from


Last updated: 22 February 2017
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