Improving care for Aboriginal mothers and babies

Boodjari Yorgas midwife with pregnant Aboriginal mother and her partner
September 22, 2015

A South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) antenatal program providing culturally appropriate care for pregnant Aboriginal women is leading to improved outcomes for mothers and babies, according to research published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

The Aboriginal Maternity Group Practice Program (AMGPP), which employs Aboriginal grandmothers, Aboriginal Health Officers, and midwives to provide care in partnership with existing antenatal services, is available at Armadale Health ServiceBentley Hospital and Rockingham General Hospital.

The research was conducted by the South Metropolitan Population Health Unit and compared the differences in neonatal health outcomes of Aboriginal women who accessed AMGPP services and standard antenatal care.

The full research article is available on the Medical Journal of Australia website (external link).