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Title: New Models of Midwifery Care at Royal Darwin Hospital Planning Workshop, 19 February 2004 notes and outcomes
Authors: Northern Territory. Dept. of Health and Community Services. Northern Territory. Women's Health Strategy Unit.
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Dept. of Health and Community Services
Abstract: Consultations with consumers and service providers over the past ten years have consistently resulted in a call for a change to the way hospitals provide maternity services in the Northern Territory. Women and midwives want continuity of care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. The 1992 Review of Birthing Services in the Northern Territory of Australia had 118 recommendations, the first of these being, "Hospitals increase continuity of midwifery care through the implementation or expansion of midwives' clinics or team midwifery care". This same review also recommended that, "Royal Darwin Hospital develops a birth centre as a separate entity from the delivery suite". Ten years later, the newly elected local Labor government, made a commitment to build a birth centre in Darwin. As part of the process of establishing a birth centre separate from existing birthing services at Royal Darwin Hospital (ROH), hospital midwives began meeting in an ad hoc way to discuss the staffing models that would be needed for a birth centre. These meetings were formalised as TEMPT -Top End Midwifery Planning Taskforce (an overview of activities is provided in Appendix 1 ). This group has been meeting since May 2003 and provided the impetus for the Australian College of Midwives (ACMI) to facilitate a one-day workshop in November 2003 on models of midwifery care, presented by Pat Brodie and Nicki Leap from New South Wales (NSW). This workshop provided an overview of models of midwifery care that are operational around Australia and internationally. The 31 participants were predominantly midwives from ROH, but also included community-based midwives and policy makers. A significant proportion of the day was devoted to what outcomes participants wanted for a maternity care system, discussion of the process of introducing a new model of care and barriers to change. As an outcome of the day there was a commitment to progressing implementation of different models of midwifery care. It was also agreed that a planning day would be organised for 2004.
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Type: Report
Subjects: Royal Darwin Hospital
Midwifery -- Northern Territory -- Darwin
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