Welcome to the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Series for Midwives and Nurses at KEMH.

You will be able to access all resources and course materials through Moodle, which is an acronym for ModularObject-OrientedDynamicLearning Environment, also referred to as a Learning Management System (LMS).  You are encouraged to actively engage in the series both through interaction at the face to face study sessions and through exploration of content and links provided through Moodle.

You are enrolled in the pre-reading module/s and the module you have nominated to attend. Access to the modules is from the bottom of this page.

The aim of this series is to expand your knowledge and skills recognising that many of you are increasingly involved with childbearing women who present with significant mental health disorders.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this series you will be able to:

  • Effectively utilise screening tools for perinatal anxiety and depression
  • Conduct a mental health and risk assessment in the perinatal period
  • Better understand and support women with serious mental health disorders
  • Describe referral processes for women with mental health disorders during pregnancy and the postnatal period
  • Demonstrate skills involved in developing a therapeutic relationship with women
  • Appreciate the impact of perinatal and infant mental health on the family and wider community
  • Refer women and families to appropriate community resources


This series has been developed as a direct result of the findings from a research study conducted at KEMH in 2013.  There were 238 midwives who participated in the survey that was used to explore perinatal mental health learning needs of midwives along with an assessment of their current knowledge of, and attitudes towards, mental health disorders.

30 August 2017: Session 1 – Clinical Risk Assessment

  • Use of Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) and Perinatal Anxiety Assessment Scale (PASS)
  • Conducting a mental health and risk assessment

27 September 2017: Session 2 – Understanding and supporting women with serious mental health disorders

  • Personality Disorders, Bipolar 1 and Schizophrenia
  • CAMI and MBU
  • Medication management during pregnancy and breastfeeding

25 October 2017: Session 3 – Management strategies

  • Developing therapeutic relationships
  • Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Helping the woman with Tokophobia

15 November 2017: Session 4 Building resilience

  • Trauma-informed care
  • Mother-infant attachment
  • Aboriginal mental health.
  • Effects on fathers and family
  • Community resources