Clinical Practice Guidelines Antenatal care - Module I

B. Terms of reference

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Expert Advisory Committee

The Expert Advisory Committee will convene to:
1. provide advice, expertise and direction on the appropriateness of the Guidelines to promote optimal care for pregnant women across Australia;
2. supervise the parties that are commissioned to:
a. consult with a number of advisory groups to draft and review evidence-based guidelines as well as national and international literature on antenatal care with specific attention to the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women, their families and other
vulnerable groups;
b. consult widely to develop evidenced-based guidelines that will function as a useful resource for clinicians and pregnant women and their families in a variety of Australian healthcare contexts;
c. undertake analysis of harms and benefits in the Australian context and determine the costs/benefits and cost effectiveness of proposed interventions in accordance with available literature; and
d. produce a dissemination plan for the implementation and determine a process for ongoing monitoring of clinical uptake of the Guidelines; and
3. ensure the Guidelines are developed as set out in National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) protocols and are approved by the NHMRC.

Working Group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Antenatal Care

The Working Group will:
1. provide advice, expertise and direction on the appropriateness of the Guidelines to promote optimal care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women across Australia;
2. review draft evidence-based Guidelines and provide advice to ensure relevance and applicability of the Guidelines to the cultural and health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women;
3. identify additional questions and appropriate sources of evidence;
4. identify appropriate sources of evidence relevant to guideline topics, additional to those identified in formal literature searches (this may include grey literature and other unpublished sources);
5. provide advice and draft practice points, where relevant;
6. provide advice to the technical writer regarding appropriate terminology and language used throughout the guideline document;
7. in consultation with the technical writer contribute to the drafting of a separate guidance around cultural and other issues relevant to antenatal care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women;
8. provide advice regarding the implementation of the Guidelines in settings where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women receive pregnancy care;
9. identify areas and topics for future guideline documents; and
10. provide ideas for making guidelines as practical as possible.