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Building a perinatal service model for a Western Australian Aboriginal community

 

Overview

The Building a perinatal service model for a Western Australian Aboriginal community project addresses the limited perinatal mental health services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and their families. The aim of the project was to develop and trial a culturally sensitive perinatal mental health service framework. Funding was provided through the West Australian Perinatal Mental Health Unit. The trial took place in the coastal town of Carnarvon in Western Australia. The framework developed from the project aimed to raise awareness of perinatal mental health in Indigenous communities, enhance current support for women and families and provide education to health service providers, all within a culturally appropriate structure.

Contacts

Leanda Verrier
WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit
15 Loretto Street
Subiaco WA 6008
Ph: (08) 9340 1795
Fax: (08) 9340 1782
Email: Leanda.Verrier@health.wa.gov.au

Related publications

Verrier L, Brooks J, Mitchell M (2008)

Building a Perinatal Service Model for a Western Australian Aboriginal Community.

Paper presented at the “Our Mob, Our Minds, Our Spirits Conference”. November 13-14, 2008, Fremantle, WA

Brooks J (2009)

Building a perinatal service model with a Western Australian Indigenous community.

Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal; 33(1): 16-17

Indigenous perinatal mental health resources (2007)

WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit

This resource package has been developed to address mental health issues during the perinatal period (the later stages of pregnancy and shortly after birth). The resources are a mixture of videos, DVDs, and booklets, and feature Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women's experiences before and after birth. They also contain general information and contacts for further help.

The resouces include:

This resource package was developed by the WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Evaluated publications

Brooks J (2008)

Aboriginal perinatal service expansion baseline evaluation - full report.

Perth: WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit

Brooks J (2008)

Aboriginal perinatal service expansion baseline evaluation report: executive summary.

Perth: WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit

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Last updated: 4 July 2013
 
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