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Comparison of public mother–baby psychiatric units in Australia: Similarities, strengths and recommendations

Galbally, M.ORCID: 0000-0003-3909-1918, Sved-Williams, A., Kristianopulos, D., Mercuri, K., Brown, P. and Buist, A. (2018) Comparison of public mother–baby psychiatric units in Australia: Similarities, strengths and recommendations. Australasian Psychiatry, 27 (2). pp. 112-116.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1039856218810165
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Abstract

Background: Mother–baby units are innovative and important models of care that allow inpatient treatment of postpartum maternal mental disorders whilst preserving and promoting the attachment relationship with their young infants.

Objectives: To report data across five public mother–baby units in Australia in order to explore similarities and distinguishing features of each model.

Method: Each unit also provided 12 months of data on key characteristics of their unit.

Results: Despite the geographic differences, the diagnostic profiling, length of stay, and child protection involvement were similar across the units.

Conclusions: Acute care for perinatal mental illness offered in public mother–baby units in Australia shows consistency across units, raising concerns for where such treatment is unavailable.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc.
Copyright: © The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2018
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/43038
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