New assessment of preschool mental health trialled April 13, 2017 Murdoch University hosted Australia's first training in the PAPA preschool psychiatric assessment. Murdoch University hosted Australia’s first training for an innovative method of assessing the mental health of preschool aged children. This assessment tool, the Preschool Aged Psychiatric Assessment (PAPA), uses semi-structured interviews to diagnose psychiatric symptoms in children up to five years of age. Professor Megan Galbally, Murdoch University’s Foundation Chair in Perinatal Psychiatry, hosted the four-day workshop by Brian Small from Duke University in the United States. “PAPA training is widely used around the world on large studies of child mental health but this was the first opportunity for researchers to learn more about it in Australia,” she said. “The session was extremely informative and we putting the PAPA assessment tool into practice for the next stage of our research.” Professor Galbally and her colleague Associate Professor Andrew Lewis are leading the Mercy Pregnancy Emotional Wellbeing Study, a project that has followed 300 women from pregnancy through to now when their children are turning three years of age. This study has examined many of the areas the development of the relationship between a mother and her child over pregnancy and into the postpartum period. We have investigated a wide range of factors that may act to protect a mother against anxiety and depression over this period,” Professor Galbally said. “The PAPA assessment will now enable us to assess the mental health of the children born in this study.” Results from the MPEWS study will be released later this year. The team has also launched a complementary study in Western Australia in partnership with Harry Perkins South, the University of Notre Dame Fiona Stanley Hospital, Peel and Rockingham Kwinana Mental Health Service and Peel and Rockingham Hospitals. “It was fantastic to see several of our new Doctorate of Psychology students train in the PAPA assessment tool, adding training in a world class measure to their industry relevant knowledge,” said Associate Professor Lewis. Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, Health, biomedicine and psychology Tags: andrew lewis, fional stanley hospital, harry perkins south, megan galbally, mental health, mercy pregnancy emotional wellbeing study, peel hospital, pregnancy, preschool aged psychiatric assessment, rockingham hospital, the university of notre dame australia Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!