Debra Creedy is an associate of the Centre for Mental Health Nursing Research at the School of Nursing, QUT, Kelvin Grove Campus. She lived and worked in a rural community for seven years and undertook community development activities during this time. Her teaching and research interests are in the area of mental health nursing practice.
Postnatal depression: improving the experience of country women through professional and community awareness
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Australian Journal of Rural Health
Volume 1, Issue 4, pages 43–49, August 1993
How to Cite
CREEDY, D. (1993), Postnatal depression: improving the experience of country women through professional and community awareness. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 1: 43–49. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.1993.tb00087.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Postnatal depression;
- rural health workers;
- assessment psychosocial factors;
- community development
ABSTRACT: The needs of women who are depressed during the postnatal period are not being adequately addressed by health workers. In response to community demand and national initiatives, a group of health professionals in rural Victoria developed and implemented a program which attempted not only to support women experiencing postnatal depression (PND) but also to address the needs of rural health workers. This paper provides an overview of PND and describes therapeutic interventions on an individual and group basis. Continuing education activities for rural health workers are outlined, as well as processes which aimed to increase community awareness and improve contact between self-help groups, health services and private practitioners.