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The program consists of six interactive sessions that are supported by a weekly phone-call from a psychologist/dedicated phone coach.
These six sessions are designed to help women develop skills and strategies that will assist in improving their mood. Some of these skills include:
- Understanding and managing moods
- Pleasant activities – how can I find the time?
- Relaxation and stress management
- Managing negative thoughts
- Increasing positive thoughts
- Developing a more helpful thinking style
Additional information in the form of companion library articles is also accessible at any time on topics such as: communication skills, problem solving, stress management, getting support, time management, sleep and caring for baby, your baby’s needs and the couple relationship.
The MumMoodBooster program and phone calls are free of charge, and women do not have to attend the clinic as the program is accessed entirely online, in the comfort of one’s own home. For more information, see mummoodbooster.com
To make a referral please direct your client to the MumMoodBooster website mummoodbooster.com
As part of a group of leading perinatal depression experts, we have come together to provide additional tools to help GPs manage patients with perinatal depression.
Led by the Parent-Infant Research Institute (PIRI), the Perinatal Depression e-Consortium (PDeC) includes Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA), Monash University, Queensland University of Technology and Jean Hailes for Women’s Health..
We now have available a highly effective online treatment for depressed perinatal women experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety for use in general practice. These free, evidence-based programs are available free to all Australian women (MumMoodBooster and Mum2BMoodBooster), funded by the Australian Department of Health.
The MumMoodBooster Clinician Portal is available free to all health professionals as part of the Commonwealth funded MumSpace initiative.
The customised clinician portal enables health professionals to refer patients directly to MumMoodBooster and monitor their progress. MumMoodBooster provides free, effective, evidence-based online treatment for mild to moderately-severe antenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression.
Health professionals are able to register and immediately refer patients to the program using the referral form, which contains a unique code to be used for all your patients. Once a patient registers for the program using their unique code, she can begin the MumMoodBooster treatment program.
Whilst we cannot provide crisis support, email alerts are sent if depression monitoring indicates your patient is having a significantly difficult time (experiencing suicidal ideation or escalating depression). The email alert will advise her to speak to a health professional or contact a telephone support service, and that the program may not be sufficient for her needs. A woman’s GP will also be notified for information.
By using their own username and password which a GP creates at registration, they are able to login to their Clinician Portal account at any time, and review a patient’s progress, where they will be listed by name. GPs also receive e-mail notifications when progress reports are available (at 1, 4 and 8 weeks). The first report will contain screening (The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale), psychological assessment results (PHQ-9 Patient Health Questionnaire), DSM-5 Cross-sectional symptom measure), and her program usage details.
Whilst a GP may have already screened a patient, MumMoodBooster offers an additional EPDS screening assessment.
In addition, a clinician portal enables GPs to directly refer patients to the MumMoodBooster programs and track their progress.
MumMoodBooster is FREE and is supported, via MumSpace, by the Australian Government.
Register for a Clinician Portal Account HERE
Previous research has confirmed that symptoms of postnatal depression (PND) can be ameliorated through internet-delivered psychological interventions. Advantages of internet-delivered treatment include anonymity, convenience, and catering to women who are unable to access face-to-face (FTF) treatments. To date, no research has examined the efficacy of such interventions compared directly with FTF treatments in women clinically diagnosed with PND.
This study aims to compare the efficacy of one of the first web-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions (internet CBT+coach calls) for PND (MumMoodBooster [MMB]) with FTF-CBT in a randomized controlled trial (RCT).
MumMoodBooster – Online Treatment for PND
Our previous research with MumMoodBooster has established the usability, feasibility and clinical effectiveness of this internet program. Poor uptake of traditional treatment relates to fear of stigma, poor accessibility of clinic-based programs and expense. Potential strengths of a Web-based intervention for PND are accessibility, privacy and low cost. The potential public health impact of Web-based treatment is therefore enormous given the 300,000 annual births in Australia. Our ongoing work continues to evaluate this validated internet intervention for postnatal depression by comparing it to traditional face-to-face psychological treatment. A large randomised controlled trial has been completed and is awaiting publication.
Jeannette Milgrom, PhD; Brian G Danaher, PhD; John R Seeley, PhD; Christopher J Holt PhD; Charlene Holt, PsyD; Jennifer Ericksen, MPsych; Milagra S Tyler, MA; Jeff M Gau , MS; Alan W Gemmill, PhD. Internet and Face-to-face Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Postnatal Depression Compared With Treatment as Usual: Randomized Controlled Trial of MumMoodBooster. Published on in Vol 23, No 12 (2021): December https://www.jmir.org/2021/12/e17185/
Milgrom, J., Danaher, B. G., Holt, C., Holt, C. J., Seeley, J., Tyler, M. S., . . . Gemmill, A. W. (2016). Internet Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Women with Postnatal Depression: a randomised controlled trial of MumMoodBooster. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 18(3), e54. doi: doi:10.2196/jmir.4993
Danaher, B., Milgrom, J., Seeley, J., Stuart, S., Schembri, C., Tyler, M. et al. (2013). MomMoodBooster Web-Based Intervention for Postpartum Depression: Feasibility Trial Results. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(11), e242. https://www.jmir.org/2013/11/e242/
Danaher, B. G., Milgrom, J., Seeley, J. R., Stuart, S., Schembri, C., Tyler, M. et al. (2012). Web-based Intervention for Postpartum Depression: Formative Research and Design of the MomMoodBooster Program. JMIR Research Protocols, 1(2), e13. https://dx.doi.org/10.2196/resprot.2329
We continue to work with collaborators around the world to establish the effectiveness of internet-based psychological treatments for depression:
Furukawa TA, Suganuma A, Ostinelli EG, et al. (2021) Dismantling, optimising, and personalising internet cognitive behavioural therapy for depression: a systematic review and component network meta-analysis using individual participant data. Lancet Psychiatry 8: 500-511.
Karyotaki E, Efthimiou O, Miguel C, et al. (2021) Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression: A Systematic Review and Individual Patient Data Network Meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry 78: 361-371.
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