CMH PhD Completion Seminar: 12th December 2017 – Community Health Workers in Integrated Mental Health Care for Perinatal Depression in Surabaya, Indonesia

9.30am-10.30am, Tues 12th December 2017
Seminar Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter Endang R. Surjaningrum – Endang is a clinical psychologist and is a staff member of the Faculty of Psychology at Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia. She holds Master Degree in Community Psychology from Victoria University.

Despite the high prevalence of depression among pregnant and postpartum women, mental health services for those groups are not available in Indonesia. Policies suggested community health workers (CHWs) to take part in identifying perinatal depression. The thesis aimed to examine the possible role for CHWs in integrated mental health care for perinatal depression identification in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Perceptions of stakeholders of primary health care were explored using a qualitative approach. The results showed that the role was perceived as feasible and acceptable and some advices were given regarding the characteristics and competencies required for CHWs to carry on the task. The implication of the findings towards the improvement of the integrated mental health care in primary health care was discussed.

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