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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 National Perinatal Depression Initiative, have focused on prevention and early intervention for nearly two decades. The aims of this research are to 1) examine changes in mental health service use and psychological wellbeing among women who gave birth in Australia over the previous 20 years, 2) evaluate the impact of key perinatal-speci?c mental health initiatives on these outcomes, and 3) examine adherence to best practice guidance for the prevention and management of maternal mental health, and to identify barriers and facilitators to adherence