Birthing on Country (in Our Community): a case study of engaging stakeholders and developing a best practice Indigenous maternity service in an urban setting

Kildea, Sue, Hickey, Sophie, Nelson, Carmel, Currie, Jody, Carson, Adrian, Reynolds, Maree, Wilson, Kay, Kruske, Sue, Passey, Megan, Roe, Yvette, West, Roianne, Clifford, Anton, Kosiak, Machellee, Watego, Shannon and Tracy, Sally (2017) Birthing on Country (in Our Community): a case study of engaging stakeholders and developing a best practice Indigenous maternity service in an urban setting. Australian Health Review, . doi:10.1071/AH16218


Author Kildea, Sue
Hickey, Sophie
Nelson, Carmel
Currie, Jody
Carson, Adrian
Reynolds, Maree
Wilson, Kay
Kruske, Sue
Passey, Megan
Roe, Yvette
West, Roianne
Clifford, Anton
Kosiak, Machellee
Watego, Shannon
Tracy, Sally
Title Birthing on Country (in Our Community): a case study of engaging stakeholders and developing a best practice Indigenous maternity service in an urban setting
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
1449-8944
Publication date 2017-04-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AH16218
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Total pages 9
Place of publication Clayton, VIC Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Developing high-quality and culturally responsive maternal and infant health services is a critical part of ‘closing the gap’ in health disparities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. The National Maternity Services Plan led work that describes and recommends Birthing on Country best-practice maternity care adaptable from urban to very remote settings, yet few examples exist in Australia. This paper demonstrates Birthing on Country principles can be applied in the urban setting, presenting our experience establishing and developing a Birthing on Country partnership service model in Brisbane, Australia. An initial World Café workshop effectively engaged stakeholders, consumers and community members in service planning, resulting in a multiagency partnership program between a large inner city hospital and two local Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Services (ACCHS). The Birthing in Our Community program includes: 24/7 midwifery care in pregnancy to six weeks postnatal by a named midwife, supported by Indigenous health workers and a team coordinator; partnership with the ACCHS; oversight from a steering committee, including Indigenous governance; clinical and cultural supervision; monthly cultural education days; and support for Indigenous student midwives through cadetships and placement within the partnership. Three years in, the partnership program is proving successful with clients, as well as showing early signs of improved maternal and infant health outcomes
Keyword Health services
Indigenous health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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