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Outcome of Rural Maternity Service Planning Framework pilot: Theodore

3 September 2021

Queensland's Rural Maternity Taskforce developed the Rural Maternity Services Planning Framework to improve the planned approach to assessment and review of rural maternity services in Queensland. The planning framework was developed to examine access and provision of safe and sustainable maternity care, gain an understanding of maternity issues and expectations in communities, and develop recommendations to support improvements where possible enabling good outcomes for mothers and babies in rural and remote communities.

Clinical Excellence Queensland, a Division of Queensland Health, engaged KP Health to provide independent expertise to pilot the planning framework in Theodore - one of four pilot sites in Queensland.

This independent review of local maternity services in Theodore provided the report Pilot of Queensland Rural Maternity Services Planning Framework: Theodore. 

This report was considered by the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Board which accepted the report and committed to delivering the opportunities for improvement identified in the report.

The report acknowledged that the issue of planned birthing at Theodore was complex and found that The Australian Rural Birthing Index framework shows that birthing numbers do not support safe sustainable planned birthing services in Theodore.

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service is committed to ongoing improvements and engagement with consumers to progress the opportunities for improvement identified in the report. 

The improvement opportunities identified include:

  • Improved access to antenatal education and support for women and families
  • Addressing gaps in specialist maternity, allied health, and nursing care
  • Strengthening continuity of midwifery care through the Midwifery group practice model for Bananashire
  • Using telehealth infrastructure to reduce the need for travel
  • Improved communication and information sharing between local health providers and other maternity services
  • Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to make maternity services more culturally appropriate
  • Providing greater access to family friendly, affordable accommodation
  • Improving transport for women and families

Thank you to the Rural Maternity Taskforce for its independent expert guidance and commit to delivering ongoing improvement and engagement with consumers in line with the published report.

Theodore Hospital is equipped for imminent (unplanned) birthing where necessary.

Please see the link to the report Pilot of Queensland Rural Maternity Services Planning Framework: Theodore here.

If you require any further information, or wish to provide feedback, please contact 
Susan Foyle, Executive Director Nursing Midwifery Quality & Safety at

Last updated: 3 September 2021

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