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Simone Honikman, MB ChB (UCT) MPhil-MCH (UCT)

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Perinatal 2017
  • Country: South Africa

Dr Simone Honikman is a medical doctor (UCT) with clinical experience in Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Psychiatry and a Masters degree in Maternal and Child Health (UCT). She is founder and director of the 15-year old Perinatal Mental Health Project (PMHP) based at UCT. The Project has received formal commendation by the World Health Organisation. Simone received the international Ashoka Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, has published academic papers, book chapters editorials and training manuals. She designs and conducts training for a wide range of healthcare and social service providers and consults to health policy and programme processes within South Africa. Through her involvement in several research consortia, she has collaborated with clinicians and researchers in high, low and middle income countries.

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Common Perinatal Mental Disorders: An Approach for the Maternal Health Care Provider
Perinatal common mental disorders (depression and anxiety) are highly prevalent, particularly in socio-economically adverse settings. These disorders are associated with substantial morbidity for mothers and their offspring, exerting impacts at multiple levels, and across generations. In high income settings, maternal suicide is rated among the leading causes of maternal mortality while contributing smaller, but notable proportions of maternal deaths in Low and Middle Income Countries. There is a growing body of evidence that integrating mental health care in to maternal and child care platforms, may be an effective and efficient way of addressing the unmet need faced by so many women. The presentation will cover common perinatal mental disorders: epidemiology, risk factors, clinical presentations, and adverse impacts for mothers and infants. A practical approach to detection and management will be offered, aimed maternal care providers who are not mental health specialists. The presentation will be particularly relevant for providers working in resource constrained settings, but will also have relevance for all perinatal care providers.
Presentations: 22  |  Hours / CE Credits: 22.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks