Adaption of iCOPE for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
There are currently two screening tools that have been developed specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women in the perinatal period.
The first, ‘Baby-Coming – You Ready? ‘ is an interactive approach to screening and assessment undertaken in a conversational format with the health professional. Developed by researchers at Murdoch University, the tool is pictorial in format and is accompanied by audio. This tool has already been programmed onto the iCOPE system, and, following training, can be made available on the iPad as an option when screening Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women.
Another tool specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the perinatal period is the Kimberly Mum Mood Scale (KMMS). COPE is currently in discussions with the developers of this assessment tool as there is keen interest in also making this available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women undertaking screening.