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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 has been to develop and trial a culturally sensitive perinatal mental health service framework. Funding has been provided through the West Australian Perinatal Mental Health Unit, which has become a part of the Women's Health Clinical Support program. The trial took place in the coastal town of Carnarvon in Western Australia, however there is no longer a mobile outreach unit there. The framework developed from the project aims 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.
Abstract adapted from WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit
WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit
15 Loretto Street
Subiaco WA 6008
Ph: (08) 9340 1795
Fax: (08) 9340 1782
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:
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract