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Keywords:

  • Postnatal depression;
  • rural health workers;
  • assessment psychosocial factors;
  • treatment;
  • 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.