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Spatial variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s access to 4 types of maternal health services

Posted on: 27 November, 2017
Issue: Vol 17 No 4, October 2017 – December 2017
Related to Births Hospitalisation Women

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2017)
Spatial variation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s access to 4 types of maternal health services
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report presents the findings of a project which assessed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s access to hospitals with public birthing services and three other types of maternal health services across Australia. It then investigated possible high-level associations between access, maternal risk factors and birth outcomes.

The report is structured as follows:

  • Chapter 1 provides an introduction to the research undertaken.
  • Chapter 2 provides an overview of the methodological approach and data sources.
  • Chapter 3 presents Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s spatial access to four types of services:
    • hospitals with public birthing units
    • Indigenous-specific primary health-care services with antenatal/maternal services
    • general practitioners
    • Royal Flying Doctor Service clinics.
  • Chapter 4 examines whether the spatial access measures are associated with antenatal care use, smoking during pregnancy, pre-term birth and low birthweight.
  • Appendix A provides a detailed overview of the methodology.
  • Appendix B presents Primary Health Network level results.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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