Exciting progress update in the Health Alliance Children of Caboolture space

Exciting progress update in the Health Alliance Children of Caboolture space

The main element of the Health Alliance’s Children of Caboolture work is the Starting Well Initiative (SWI).

The Health Alliance brought together Caboolture maternity services, Childrens Health QLD’s (CHQ) Child Health Services, GPs, practices nurses and families to design a new pathway of antenatal and postnatal care, now known as the Starting Well Initiative.

The SWI features four main components:

  • co-location of two midwives into the joint MNHHS and CHQ facility in Caboolture Square Shopping Centre, where the Child Health Service is based,
  • continuity of midwifery care throughout the antenatal period and after birth,
  • antenatal introduction to the child health service and joint midwife and child health activity including home visits, and
  • increased communication to the family GP throughout the pathway.

The SWI enrolled its first families in February 2020. Since then...

Forty-one families have since been enrolled in the pathway.  

Over 200 appointments have occurred, with only one ‘fail to attend’ and almost all babies born have continued with the child health service to date.  

Every GP has received two antenatal summaries from the Starting Well midwives, outlining their patient’s progress throughout pregnancy and their birthing plan.  

Early feedback from families, as well as the midwives and child health nurses has been strongly positive.

As a ‘proof of concept’, SWI has achieved the core group’s aspirations to move to relational care, enabling workers involved in the antenatal and postnatal period to work as a team beyond their organisational boundaries.

More updates about this area of the Health Alliance work will be coming out the next few weeks, including information about upscaling the SWI pathway, developing links with support services and interest in the concept replication from other regions. Watch this space! 

If you are more interested in this work, please contact the Health Alliance Development Lead, Mary Smareglia, email: contact@healthalliance.org.au.