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Workshop driving improvements to maternity care

Transforming maternity services in Queensland to be more in-line with women’s needs is the focus of a one-day workshop held in Brisbane today.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Shelley Nowlan said evidence-based maternity models of care that allow for women to be seen by the same provider throughout their pregnancy journey is important to everyone.

“Research has shown that continuity of carer, especially by a known midwife during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period is important to women, their families and staff,” Ms Nowlan said.

“This approach provides families with greater satisfaction in the care they receive as well as improved health outcomes for mums and their babies.”

More than 50 healthcare professionals from across the state will be joined by healthcare consumers to continue their work on implementing evidence-based maternity models of care that focus on providing continuity of carer.

“We’ve brought together healthcare professionals and the community to share insights and create initiatives that provide the best outcomes for women and their families,” Ms Nowlan said.

“The purpose is to work collaboratively and develop resources for health services that would help them identify appropriate models of care for their community.

“The workshop is also an opportunity for health services to learn from one another.”

Deputy Director-General, Clinical Excellence Division Dr John Wakefield said projects that enhance maternity services in regional areas of Queensland will be showcased at the workshop.

“An example is South West Hospital and Health Service’s work in implementing a midwifery group practice model,” he said.

“They have transitioned to a model of maternity care where midwives have a self-managed workload which enables the same primary midwife to see a woman throughout her pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.”

Dr Wakefield said today’s workshop was part of a broader effort to improve Queensland’s public maternity services.

“This includes embedding a leadership culture, better identifying and managing risk in pregnancy, and delivering more culturally-appropriate care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families,” he said.

Updates on the work to improve maternity services can be found at Maternity and Neonatal.

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Last updated: 29 December 2017