Best practice in perinatal care

A key focus of COPE is to support and advise health professions on best practice surrounding the prevention, detection, treatment and management of perinatal mental health disorders in the perinatal period.

All advice on this site is based on high quality research and/or clinical advice from leading perinatal mental health experts and is underpinned by the National Perinatal Mental Health Guideline.  Commissioned by the Commonwealth Government of Australia, this Guideline was developed by COPE and approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in October 2017.

This section provides extensive information for surrounding symptoms, assessment and management of different perinatal mental health disorders, details about the National Guideline, as well as access to accredited training and information about help for patients under Medicare.