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iCOPE Digital Screening

iCOPE is designed to ensure every mother is provided with the right support for mental health during the perinatal period. The digital platform screens for symptoms of depression and anxiety and assesses psychosocial risk factors. iCOPE ensures 100% accuracy in scoring, provides automated tailored clinician… Read More

Supporting partnerships

The success of COPE to date has been made possible through a number of supporting partnerships with individuals, organisations and corporate community, together with the the commitment of our dedicated Board, Company Members and team of staff. Our Financial Supporters Commonwealth… Read More

References – Am I at risk?

Below are the references and suggested reading on this topic. National Perinatal Mental Health Guideline: Austin M-P , Highet NJ and the Guidelines Expert Advisory Committee (2011) Clinical Practice Guidelines for depression and related disorders – anxiety, bipolar disorder and puerperal psychosis – in the perinatal period.  A guideline for… Read More

Perinatal depression

While depression during pregnancy or early parenthood (i.e. the perinatal period) is the same as at any other time of life, the risk of it developing at this time is greater. Australian research indicates that depression is experienced by up to one in ten women (10%) during pregnancy and one… Read More

COPE Online Training: Course Information

COPE is committed to supporting health professionals to have access to appropriate training. We currently have online courses offering basic skills in perinatal mental health, and specialised training in supporting bereaved parents through perinatal loss. Sign-up & Start a Course Course background… 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 on common signs and symptoms, assessment, management and important considerations for the following disorders: Perinatal anxietyPerinatal depression… Read More

Best practice in perinatal care

A key focus of COPE is to support and advise health professionals 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… Read More