Courses & Units

Perinatal and Infant Mental Health CNA545


Unit is practice driven and available to Registered Nurses, Registered Midwives and Health Professionals


The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health unit will address the context within which mental illness occurs in the perinatal period. Students will develop an understanding of perinatal anxiety, depression and serious mental illness and the negative impact these disorders may have in terms of obstetric and neonatal outcomes, and later childhood emotional, behavioural and cognitive development, including the potent influence of mental health problems and psychosocial adversity on parenting and mother (parent) -infant interaction and later child outcomes. Students will develop an understanding of the importance of early attachment and psychological development, neuropsychological and neurological development in infancy. This unit will provide students with knowledge and skills in early detection of mental health disorders, and an understanding of care and support required by women and their families affected by mental illness in the perinatal period. Students will explore appropriate pathways and treatment options for women and their families experiencing mental illness during the perinatal period.


Unit name Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
Unit code CNA545
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Ms Sue Aylett
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the range of mental health problems which may occur in pregnancy and the post-natal period and their effects on the woman, her infant and her family
  • Explore ways of intervening to improve parental perinatal mental health including screening, early intervention and treatment
  • Recognise the critical role of early attachment relationships in infant development
  • Understand the relationship between problematic infant behaviours and infant mental health problems
  • Reflect, critically think and analyse complex clinical situations seen in the perinatal period
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060305 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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