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Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Resources for Medical Practitioners

The Gidget Foundation works collaboratively with a number of health experts and organisations.

Our board is chaired by Obstetrician and RANZCOG Vice-President, Dr Vijay Roach.  Perinatal and infant psychiatrist, Professor Bryanne Barnett is a director who brings considerable professional experience to the organisation.

Gidget House in both North Sydney and Randwick provide a free professional psychological support service for pregnant women and new parents suffering anxiety and depression. Payment for services provided by Gidget House are covered by Medicare bulk billing. A referral and mental health care plan from a GP are required in order to access this funding.

Gidget House

02 9460 1550    

Gidget Foundation Perinatal Depression Resources for Medical Practitioners

Gidget Foundation professionals speak regularly to diverse audiences. Professional Presentations and workshops include:

  • Medical students
  • Medical professionals
  • Midwifery students and midwives
  • Community awareness
  • Keynote address and Guest speaker


Behind the Mask; The Hidden Struggle of Parenthood (2011)


Click here to watch a preview of the DVD.

To order a copy of the DVD please email



Beyond the Baby Blues; The complete handbook for emotional wellbeing during pregnancy and early parenthood. (2014) Knox, C., O’Reilly, B., Smith S.

Click here to order your copy


Clinical Practice Guidelines for the treatment of perinatal mental health disorders:

In Australia there is a high prevalence of perinatal mental health disorders during pregnancy and the year following the birth of a baby.

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the treatment of perinatal mental health disorders were developed by beyond blue.   The guidelines were developed between September 2008 – May 2011 when they were endorsed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Beyond Blue Resources

Derived from an extensive literature review, Australia’s Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines draw on the latest high quality research evidence to provide Recommendations and Good Practice Points that can be used to identify, treat and manage depression and related disorders- anxiety, puerperal psychosis and bipolar disorder – in the perinatal period.

The Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines were compiled by expert advisory groups, drawing upon the best available research evidence. This group included some of Australia’s leading mental health experts, as well as people who have experienced mental health disorders and carers.

These Guidelines have received approval from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in 11 February 2011, under S.14A of the NHMRC Act, 1992. In approving these guidelines the NHMRC considers that they meet the NHMRC standard for clinical practice guidelines. This approval is valid for a period of 5 years.

The Guidelines cover assessment, treatment and management of depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder during pregnancy and in the year following as well as puerperal psychosis.

Developed to assist health professionals working in primary care and maternity care, the Guidelines have been developed into an extensive range of educational resources for health professionals, consumers and carers.

Further Resources can be found on the Beyondblue website.

Perinatal Clinical Practice Guidelines – Executive Summary. A guide for primary care health professionals

Management of perinatal mental health disorders – A guide for primary care health professionals

Perinatal depression and anxiety – A guide for primary care health professionals

Perinatal mental health of women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds – A guide for primary care health professionals.

Screening and Assessment

Screening and Assessment

In Australia the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a commonly used screening tool.

There are a number of other screening tools available including:

  • DASS 21
  • K10
  • Whooley Questions

A thorough investigation should include a psycho social assessment in conjunction with the EPDS.  This might take the form of a general clinical assessment which includes questions designed to elicit responses that will provide context.

There are some tools available to aid in psycho social assessment including.

Antenatal Risk Questionnaire

Postnatal Risk Questionnaire









Medicare Help

Medicare Help

There is Medicare help for patients suffering from perinatal depression and anxiety

Gidget House

34 McLaren St North Sydney NSW 2060

02 9460 1550

1300 726 306

Provides free psychological services for mothers and fathers suffering perinatal anxiety and depression. Parents are eligible for up to 10 visits with a psychologist under the Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative.

Better Access to Mental Health Care Initiative

Better Access to Psychiatrists, Psychologists and General Practitioners through the Medicare Benefits Schedule Initiative, announced in November 2006, provides Medicare funded access to mental health care.  These initiatives are aimed at:

  • improving community access to quality primary mental health services
  • providing better education and training for GPs and
  • providing more support to GPs from allied health professionals and psychiatrists.

Under the Better Access initiative, mental health care is now more accessible and affordable for people living with mental illness.  A claim can now be made for a rebate for up to 10 (16 in exceptional circumstances) individual and/or 10 group-based psychological treatment sessions within a calendar year. This involves a GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician referring a consumer to a psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist or a specially trained GP.

For more information visit Commonwealth website (click here)

Access to Allied Psychological Services (ATAPs)

In addition, the referring practitioner may consider that in exceptional circumstances the patient may require an additional six individual focussed psychological strategies above those already provided (up to a maximum total of 18 individual services per patient per calendar year).

For more information visit the Commonwealth ATAPS website information (click here)

Contact Us

Gidget House
34 McLaren Street
North Sydney NSW 2060
Tel: 02 9460 1550 or 1300 851 758
Fax: 02 9460 1551


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