Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maternity Care Program

Make your voice heard

The QCMB invited Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women across Queensland to share their story about pregnancy, birth and care following birth in the Having a Baby in Queensland: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Survey 2012.

We aimed to improve maternity care services for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women. By having Indigenous women sharing their stories, we hope to make positive changes in maternity care. The stories we have collected will help us to inform Queensland Health about what has worked well and what aspects need to be improved.

What Is It?

The survey aimed to gather the maternity care experiences of Indigenous women throughout pregnancy, birth and the weeks following birth. By women sharing their stories and experiences in accessing maternity care services, the Centre will collate the findings and submit a report through to Queensland health. The report will outline the areas where maternity care services can be improved and more culturally responsive to the needs of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women.

Who took part?

You were eligible to take part in the survey if you were an Aboriginal &/or Torres Strait Islander woman who had given birth to one baby between July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2012 in Queensland, and you were aged 16 years and over.


As a thank you for completing the survey, QCMB offered a  $20 gift card.

Peer Interviewers

To enhance the survey response rate, the Centre rolled out the survey with the help of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women who were especially trained as peer interviewers. The peer interviewers assisted the participants in completing the survey as a one-on-one interview.

The survey was rolled out across sites within Queensland in the below locations during July to October 2012.

– Thursday Island
– Townsville/ Palm Island
– Rockhampton/ Woorabinda
– Mt Isa / Doomadgee
– Brisbane

Participation in the survey was voluntary, and was available to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women within Queensland who gave birth between July 2011 to July 2012.

The survey focuses on finding out about the care experiences of women by asking a range of open-ended questions about the care received throughout the pregnancy and birthing experience.

To download the information flyer about peer interviewer recruitment, click here.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander website update

The Having a Baby in Queensland: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander survey period has officially finished.  The survey was live from 1st July 2012 to 31 October 2012.

Approximately 200 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women across Queensland took part in the survey, which asked about their maternity care experiences, such as attending antenatal check -ups, if any cultural practices were incorporated in to their birth, whether they had to leave their communities to give birth, if they felt supported and well cared for by their health professionals during their pregnancy birth and labour.

The Indigenous survey team would like to thank all the women who participated in the survey who made their voice heard. Special thanks goes to the 28 Peer Interviewers from across the 6 project sites who conducted one on one interviews with Indigenous women across Queensland.