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The Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service: a decade of achievement in the health of women and babies in NSW

Elisabeth Murphy, Elizabeth Best

NSW Public Health Bulletin 23(4) 68-72 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/NB11051 Published: 13 June 2012

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About the author/s

Elisabeth Murphy | Maternity, Children and Young People's Health Branch, NSW Ministry of Health

Elizabeth Best | Maternity, Children and Young People's Health Branch, NSW Ministry of Health

Corresponding author

Elisabeth Murphy | lmurp@doh.health.nsw.gov.au

Abstract

The Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service was established to improve the health of Aboriginal women during pregnancy and decrease perinatal morbidity and mortality for Aboriginal babies. The Service is delivered through a continuity-of-care model, where midwives and Aboriginal Health Workers collaborate to provide a high quality maternity service that is culturally sensitive, women centred, based on primary health-care principles and provided in partnership with Aboriginal people. An evaluation of the Service found that the program is achieving its goals in relation to the provision of antenatal and postnatal care and has demonstrated improvements in perinatal morbidity and mortality rates.