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Identifying and supporting pregnant Aboriginal women and their families during their patient journey through services and across geographic areas: a feasibility study

Posted on: 27 October, 2014
Issue: Vol 14 No 4, October 2014 – December 2014
Related to Births Hospitalisation Women Pregnancy Services Western Australia

Wyndow P, Jackiewicz T (2014)
Identifying and supporting pregnant Aboriginal women and their families during their patient journey through services and across geographic areas: a feasibility study
Perth: Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Western Australia

This report responds to concerns regarding Western Australian Aboriginal women and their babies and the impact of the lack of documented patient transfer models for journey planning. It aims to determine the feasibility of an integrated pathway model of care for Aboriginal women during pregnancy. The research relied on developing an understanding of the current system of identification, referral and support available and to identify barriers that prevent important information related to these women and their babies being transferred between these services, in particular successful support of patient journeys of pregnant Aboriginal women.

Key findings of the research included:

  • the importance of engagement and access to culturally appropriate models of care
  • staffing – the need for long term health professionals to provide relationships of trust and respect
  • relocation – concerns regarding the lack of suitable accommodation for women needing to relocate
  • patient record management – the lack of a universal patient management system
  • communication – strong relationships between health professionals needed
  • coordination of services – funding and resources to support organisations.

Abstract adapted from Telethon Kids Institute

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