New pathway of care developed for antenatal and postnatal services in Caboolture
Over the past few months the Health Alliance has been facilitating a process with local clinicians and families to improve care during the early months of a child’s life. In particular, midwives, child health nurses, GPs and practice nurses have been designing new approaches to improve the transition from hospital into community and primary care after birth.
Consultation and co-design earlier in the year developed key elements of care which included:
• introducing child health services in the antenatal period
• ensuring continuity of midwife during the antenatal and postnatal period
• enabling warmer hand overs between maternity services and child health
• improved engagement with primary care throughout pregnancy and after baby is born.
Since then, the Health Alliance and its partners have been working on operationalising these key elements into a new pathway for a cohort of families birthing at Caboolture Hospital. This pathway of care will be known as the Starting Well Initiative and will be supported by the co-location of midwives with child health nurses in the Child and Youth Community Health Service in Caboolture Square Shopping Centre. It is expected that the Starting Well Initiative will be underway by January 2020.
We thank those clinicians, service providers and community members who have given their time, expertise and energy to developing the Starting Well Initiative and look forward to implementing the new pathway to improve care for families in the Caboolture region. We look forward to announcing further details and a launch of the service in the coming months.