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Prevention and early intervention for maternal mental illness: a research program that will inform policy and clinical practice.
In Australia, local, state and national initiatives for maternal mental health, such as the NSW Safe Start initiative and NationalPerinatal Depression Initiative, have focused on prevention and early intervention for nearly two decades. The aims of this researchare to 1) examine changes in mental health service use and psychological wellbeing among women who gave birth in Australia overthe previous 20 years, 2) evaluate the impact of key perinatal-specific mental health initiativeson these outcomes, and 3) examineadherence to best practice guidance for the prevention and management of maternal mental health, and to identify barriers andfacilitators to adherence.

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Prof Deborah Loxton
Dr Nicole Reilly
Prof Deborah Loxton
Mrs Peta Forder
Dr Xenia Dolja-Gore