a1 SAHealth, National Perinatal Depression Initiative, South Australia
Postnatal and antenatal depression present significant public health concerns. Current opinion on the use of these terms is noted. Previous research findings demonstrate that detrimental effects of untreated maternal depression/anxiety are potentially severe and impact on the whole family; longer-term effects on child development are described. Australia has responded to such overwhelming empirical evidence by the implementation of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative. Key objectives and a brief overview of the work in progress of this Initiative are offered.
(Received November 29 2011)
(Revised December 15 2011)
(Accepted January 03 2012)
(Online publication January 17 2012)