Primary Maternity Services: A Framework for Implementation
National Evidence-Based Antenatal Care Guidelines
Core Competencies and Educational Framework for Maternity Services in Australia
National Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity Reporting project
The Core Maternity Indicators project
The National Woman-Held Pregnancy Record project
National Maternal and Neonatal Services Capability Framework
- Principle 1: Ensuring services enable women to make informed and timely choices regarding their maternity care, and to feel in control of their birthing experience.
- Principle 2: Ensuring that maternity services and care are provided in a culturally appropriate and responsive manner according to the individual needs of each woman.
- Principle 3: Maximising the potential of midwives, obstetricians, general practitioners and, where appropriate, other health professionals such as paediatricians and Aboriginal health workers with specific knowledge, skills and attributes to provide a collaborative, coordinated interdisciplinary approach to maternity service delivery.
- Principle 4: Offering continuity of care and, wherever possible, continuity of carer as a key element of quality care.
- Principle 5: Ensuring that maternity services are of a high quality, safe, sustainable and provided within an environment of evidence-based care.
- Principle 6: Ensuring continued access to evidence-based maternity services and care at the local level, while recognising that the benefits of local access must be considered within a quality and safety framework.
- Principle 7: Providing the right balance between primary level care and access to appropriate levels of medical expertise as clinically required.
- Principle 8: Working to reduce the health inequalities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies, and other disadvantaged populations
- national databases support the implementation of performance benchmarks
- data definitions enable appropriate and valid data collection
- definitions are consistent across jurisdictions and services
- national data on primary maternity care are provided
The MJISC has since convened an Expert Working Group to consider the relevance and currency of the indicators, and to make recommendations to AHMAC for a contemporary set of core national maternity indicators that will inform quality improvement in maternity services.
- reduction in local variations in service and practice
- improvement of the ability of women to move between different jurisdictions and professionals during their pregnancy as they take their records with them
- elimination of the need for the history-taking process to be repeated with each new health professional
- improvement in data capture about care provided and outcomes using the core dataset facilitated by the NWHPR
- improvement in communication
- improvement in risk management
- a standard set of capability requirements for most acute health facility services provided by health facilities
- a consistent language for health care providers and planners to use when describing health services and planning service developments
This project is due for completion in July 2011. Top of page