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Implementing innovative evidence-based perinatal mental health screening for refugee women

      Background: Nationally recommended routine mental health screening in pregnancy is often poorly implemented. Women of refugee background have a higher risk of perinatal mental health illness due to the refugee experience and resettlement stressors. A perinatal mental health screening program at a dedicated refugee antenatal clinic was established in 2016. The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and a psychosocial assessment were administered in common refugee languages using a digital platform. Score-based, language appropriate information for women and management guides for midwives were generated immediately. Co-designed, refugee-appropriate referral pathways were provided.
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