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Screening and Assessment

In Australia the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) is a commonly used screening tool.

There are a number of screening tools available including:

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS)
EPDS Scoring Guide
DASS 21 Scoring Guide

A thorough investigation should include a psycho social assessment in conjunction with the EPDS.  This might take the form of a general clinical assessment which includes questions designed to elicit responses that will provide context.

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