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Online training programs for health professionals

Basic skills in perinatal mental health In response to the recognised need for free accredited online training for all primary/maternity health care professionals, COPE has developed a new accredited online training program for health professionals to support Guideline implementation. The Basic Skills Program is underpinned by the… Read More

Perinatal depression and Anxiety Training Matrix

Through the establishment of a National Workforce Training and Development Committee, a Training Matrix for Perinatal Mental Health Knowledge and Skills was initially developed developed under Australia’s National Perinatal Depression Initiative (2008-2013).  Following, with the release of the National Clinical Practice Guideline by COPE (2017), an Expert Committee was formed,… Read More

Management of perinatal anxiety

Support and early intervention for women experiencing distress or anxiety symptoms may help to prevent more serious mental health problems from developing. Depending on the severity of a woman’s symptoms, management of perinatal anxiety may involve a combination of psychosocial support, psychological therapy… Read More

Perinatal anxiety

Perinatal anxiety is very common.  In a recent Australian study, one-fifth of women assessed during late pregnancy and reviewed at 2, 4 and 6–8 months after the birth had an anxiety disorder (approximately two-thirds with co-occurring depression) and almost 40% of women with a major depressive episode had a co-occurring… Read More

Management of perinatal depression

Support and early intervention for women experiencing distress or depressive symptoms may help to prevent more serious mental health problems from developing. Depending on the severity of a woman’s symptoms, management may involve a combination of psychosocial support, psychological therapy and pharmacological treatment. Appropriate responses to assessments and clinical judgement… Read More

Perinatal mental health disorders

The incidence of mental health disorders significantly increases for women in the perinatal period. Derived from the National Perinatal Mental Health Guideline developed by COPE, the following sections provide information for health professionals surrounding perinatal anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and puerperal psychosis. For each of these disorders the information outlines:… Read More

Treatment of antenatal depression

If you are experiencing mild to moderate depression during pregnancy, emotional and practical help and support can be helpful to help you manage from day to day, whilst psychological treatment can be helpful for the treatment of antenatal depression. Psychological treatment There are two specific types of psychological… Read More

Board of Directors

Board of Directors Our Board at COPE has been constructed to reflect the range of expertise required to implement COPE strategic objectives and is comprised of the following Directors: Chairman – Mr Glen Watts As former Managing Director of Kimberly Clarke, Glen brings a wealth of corporate knowledge and… Read More

Corporate objectives

The goals of COPE are represented through our six corporate, strategic objectives. 1. Support and advise  Through working with Governments and services to support the implementation of policy and practice in perinatal mental health. 2. Support best practice Through the development and dissemination of the National Perinatal Mental Health Guideline and free… Read More

Our purpose

At COPE, our purpose is to prevent the incidence and minimise the impact of emotional and mental health problems that occur in the perinatal period, and to improve the quality of life of those living with these conditions.  We achieve this through our mission, vision and strategic goals. Read More