Project Lead

Professor Jeanette Milgrom AM

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Lead partner

Austin Health (Parent-Infant Research Institute) and primary care affiliates

MACH PARTNERS

The University of Melbourne

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This implementation study evaluates a new integrated e-screening and Clinical Decision Support System (CDSS) for postnatal depression in primary care. Of 600 women in this cluster randomised controlled trial, half will be cared for by MCHNs using the electronic platform, and half following current perinatal mental health care practices.

​The online platform uses onscreen prompts to assist MCHNs in making management plans and appropriate referrals to GPs and specialist services, thus promoting data linkages between health services and collaborative, multi-disciplinary advances in clinical care pathways. Our approach integrates research evidence through a new innovation for the care of vulnerable perinatal women and infants.

A rigorously evaluated e-screening and CDSS approach compared to traditional paper-and-pencil methods will provide a tool that is acceptable and developed with user feedback that can be integrated into services to increase treatment uptake. The e-platform has the capacity to deliver real, cost-effective, sustainable improvements to the healthcare system.