Other Resources

Birthplace

www.havingababy.org.au/birthplace

Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies on-line tool that helps consumer representatives see how women are experiencing care provided at their local hospital.

Decision aids

www.havingababy.org.au/decisionaids

Decision aids are tools produced by Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies that give women information and support women to make decisions. There are decision aids on:

  • Pregnancy
  • Labour
  • Birth

Queensland Health Guide to Informed Decision Making in Healthcare

www.health.qld.gov.au/consent/documents/ic-guide.pdf

A guide to support practitioners in understanding the complex ethical and legal requirements surrounding and has relevant information on informed decision-making in maternity care.

Multicultural clinical support resource

http://www.health.qld.gov.au/multicultural/support_tools/mcsr.asp

Produced by Queensland Health to help care providers understand the issues that affect how to provide care to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. There is a specific section on maternity care.

Closing the Gap: Prime Minister’s Report 2011

http://apo.org.au/research/closing-gap-prime-ministers-report-2011

Some information in this annual report produced by the Australian Government are relevant to improving maternity care for Indigenous women and their families. One of the targets is halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five by 2018. There are sections relevant to maternity care for Indigenous women and their families.

Australia’s Mothers and Babies

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420870

An annual report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Reports are published 2 years after data is gathered (so in 2011, the 2009 report was published). Previous years reports are also available online.

Australian National Infant Feeding Survey

http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737420927

Published by Australian Institute for Health and Welfare, this is the first specialized national survey of infant feeding practices in Australia. The survey also collected information on attitudes towards, and enablers for and barriers against, breastfeeding. This report provides baseline data on key infant feeding indicators.

Queensland Maternal and Perinatal Quality Council, Review of Pregnancies, Births and Newborns in Queensland

http://www.health.qld.gov.au/maternity/qmpqc/qmpqc_home.asp

The annual report of the Queensland Maternal and Perinatal Quality Council . Details clinical information regarding maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity in Queensland to identify statewide and facility specific trends.

Queensland Health’s Annual Report

http://www.health.qld.gov.au/about_qhealth/annual-report/annual-report-10-11.asp

Published annually, this provides an overview of the department’s performance. In the appendices, there is a table that compares selected outcomes between hospitals. The outcomes relevant to maternity services are: primip induction of labour; primip caesarean section (public); primip third and fourth degree perineal tears; primip episiotomy (public); primip instrumental delivery (public).

(A primip is a woman giving birth for the first time.)

Various publications by the Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System, AMOSS

http://www.amoss.com.au

Various publications produced by AMOSS. It is a national surveillance mechanism designed to study a variety of rare or serious conditions in pregnancy, childbirth and the post natal phase. Through translating the findings from these studies into reliable evidence-based practice, the aim of AMOSS is to improve the safety and quality of maternity care in Australia and New Zealand.