Rural Maternity Program

Mareeba and Goondiwindi Midwifery Group Practice Study 

What is it?

This study aims to identify the characteristics that support or constrain the effective implementation and sustainability of continuity models of midwifery care in rural areas by examining the Midwifery Group Practices (MGP) located in Mareeba and Goondiwindi.

The study will:

  • Describe the characteristics of two midwifery group practices within their rural context;
  • Critique the establishment of MGPs within the wider context of rural and remote maternity service provision, national and state maternity reform and current evidence and literature;
  • Compare the maternal and neonatal clinical outcomes of the Mareeba and Goondiwindi MGPs;
  • Explore and describe staff and consumer satisfaction with the Mareeba and Goondiwindi MGPs; and
  • Make recommendations for the strengthening of rural maternity services.


Who has taken part?

The Centre recruited staff that work both with and within the MGPs (ie midwives, doctors and managers) as well as consumers (ie women who have given birth) from Mareeba and Goondiwindi to participate in the project.

Who is doing it?

Project Leader

Sue Kruske, Director, QCMB

Project Team

Belinda Maier – Principle Research Fellow, QCMB
Tracy Schultz – Research Assistant, QCMB
Professor Sue Kildea – Clinical Chair, Midwifery, Mater Health Services Brisbane and the Australian Catholic University
Katie Jefford – Director of Nursing Goondiwindi Health Services, Qld Health
Sandra Eales – Nurse Unit Manager, Mareeba maternity service, Qld Health

For further information:

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