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Welcome to our latest newsletter. The past few months have been another busy period for the Centre with a number of our research projects releasing reports and preliminary findings. The results of the 2012 Having a Baby in Queensland Survey has been released and the report contains information about what Queensland women think about maternity care in the State. This initial report is a broad description of results from this large survey and because of that, it is hard to read. We are currently working to break the information down further including into specific reports for birth facilities across Queensland to give them valuable insights into how their facilities and services are viewed by the people who use them.
A belated Happy New Year to everyone and welcome to our first newsletter for 2013. And an extra special welcome to everyone who took part in the 2012 Having a Baby In Queensland Survey and are now receiving our newsletter for the first time. We hope you find it relevant and interesting. This year promises to be an exciting one for the Centre, starting off with our second Rural Birth Summit on March 14, this time to be held in Rockhampton and discussing the issues surrounding maternity care in Central Queensland.
It has been quite an amazing year for the Centre with lots of new and continuing work helping to make a difference in maternity care in Queensland.
One of the standout events for us happened only last week with our first ever Rural Birth Summit. It was an amazing day with more than 150 clinicians, health care managers, mums, and even the Minister for Health, converging on Toowoomba to find realistic and practical ways to strengthen maternity care in regional and remote Southern Queensland
If there are any active social media people out there, we would encourage you to visit the Centre’s facebook page as we are taking a much more active presence of late. It is part of our efforts to engage more with the wider community who are interested in the big issues in maternity care, as well the the odd photo of a beautiful baby. Please drop by (just search for the Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies) and check us out. Don’t forget to ‘like’ us and share any bits of useful or interesting information with your own networks as collectively we can improve access to information for the large community of pregnant women in Queensland and beyond. You can also get involved in the many conversations and discussions online.
We were very fortunate to be able to host a two week visit by international researcher Associate Professor Maggie Redshaw (pictured above with yours truly on the left, Maggie in the middle and Professor Sue Kildea, from the Mater Medical Research Institute) this month.
Maggie has overseen three large surveys of women’s experience of maternity care in the UK and has been an important collaborator on our survey program since 2009. She is also a co-investigator on the large UK study called Birthplace, which Maggie gave an overview of recently at a seminar at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital, in conjunction with the Centre.
January and February were very busy months for us here and you may have noticed QCMB in the news a bit recently.
We made print, radio and television appearances around a variety of topics.First there was a lot of interest in our survey results that only around 50 percent feel they make informed decisions around planned caesarean sections.
This was followed by contribution to the media attention around homebirth and most recently the high rates of satisfaction in women receiving birth centre care compared to other care in public or private facilities.
Hi everyone and welcome to my first article for the newsletter as the new director of the Centre. I would like to give you a bit of an overview of what we have been doing since I arrived and share with you some of our vision for the Centre in t
It has been a busy few months here at the Centre. We have held a strategic planning day in early November with the Chief Investigators and team leaders. This was a useful and productive day and helped us identify our activities both for the next 12 months and beyond.
Professor Sue Kruske commenced as QCMB’s new Director in October. Sue brings a broad range of knowledge and skills to the role.Sue is originally a Queenslander, growing up in Brisbane and undertaking her general nursing training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital from 1981-84.She left Brisbane in 1987 and after years of wandering she returned to Brisbane in 2009 where she finally has a sense of being home.
The Centre is keen to find out what you think of the Having a Baby in Queensland website, which aims to support women and their families to make decisions during pregnancy, labour, birth and after birth.
QCMB will again have a stand at the Pregnancy, Babies & Children’s Expo in the Brisbane Convention Centre from Friday 24th June to Sunday 26th June. We will be showcasing our new web tool “Birthplace” and will have two computers set up for visitors to explore this very informative site. Many of our staff will be on hand to talk to you about the Centre’s work and answer your questions about informed decision making during pregnancy….More
The Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies has partnered with Health Consumers QLD and Maternity Coalition to develop, implement and evaluate a pilot training program specifically for consumer representatives of maternity services…More
The Centre welcomed our new director, Professor Debra Creedy, on January 3. Debra previously held a position as the Head of Nursing at the National University of Singapore. Debra said it was a privilege to lead the Centre team at this time.
Later this month, the Centre will be distributing the Having a Baby in Queensland Book to GPs across the State as part of a trial to test its effectiveness. The Having a Baby in Queensland Book aims to give women access to unbiased, evidence based information to support them in making decisions about their maternity…More
The Centre’s very own Dr Yvette Miller starred with her daughter Harper on the front page of The Courier-Mail last month. The article, published on Wednesday, September 22, was part of a series on Motherhood, with Yvette talking about findings from our Pilot Survey (further details below) regarding the differing rates of caesareans in private and public hospitals. The story was also picked up online with The Brisbane Times, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald all running articles about it….. More
The Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies is developing an online database called Birthplace to provide information to women about all birthing facilities in Queensland. We wanted to know what information would be most useful, both to help women make decisions about where to have a baby and help women know what to expect from their planned place of birth. To find out what information to include, we ran the My Birthplace Study and asked women to tell us what they would like to know…..More
Welcome to the first newsletter from the Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies. We are delighted to get this to you! The work of the Centre focuses on improving maternity care for all women in Queensland. We want to hear from you how you feel about maternity care and also to… More