Conference on Postnatal Depression

A conference in Bunbury scheduled to be held next month would address the issue of postnatal depression.

In a bid to mark the Postnatal Depression Awareness Week, West Australian mental health professionals will talk over the issue at the conference. It is claimed that speakers will ponder over topics including the importance of early identification, community awareness and lowering risk in critical cases.

As per the official figures, postnatal depression engulfs over one in seven Australian mothers and over 10% of the fathers.

The conference would appreciate the participation of both professionals and consumers. The conference aims to shed light on proactive approaches used for assisting parents in WA who are facing depression during pregnancy or postnatally.

It is expected that the conference would witness the participation of midwives, child health nurses, mental health and allied health professionals, health workers and consumers.

The main highlight of the conference include top speakers as Professor Bryanne Barnett AM from Sydney, who is a perinatal and infant psychiatrist and Associate Professor Jonothan Rampono, who heads the WA Perinatal Mental Health Services, Women and Newborn Health Service.