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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin

Apunipima baby basket program



The Apunipima baby basket program aimed to give better maternal health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women living in Cape York communities in Queensland.

The baby baskets are used as an incentive to have Indigenous women attend at least five antenatal visits, providing the opportunity to educate the pregnant women on:

Information is presented in a positive way, highlighting healthy pregnancy and birth choices. Three baskets are given to mothers during the course of their pregnancy. The items in the baskets include:

Basket 1 - delivered as an early intervention and includes:

Basket 2 - delivered prior to birth of the baby at 36 weeks and includes:

Basket 3 - delivered in the community six months after baby is born and includes:

The program was developed by Apunipima Cape York Health Council (ACYHC) in 2009 and was evaluated in 2014.

The next phase of the Baby baskets program is the Baby one program, a program that supports holistic, family-visiting care for mothers, babies and families led by Indigenous Health Workers, family and community.

The program is led by ACYHC, Queensland Health and Royal Flying Doctor Service staff.


Apunipima Cape York Health Council
186 McCoombe Street
Cairns QLD 4870
Freecall: 1800 653 393
Ph: (07) 4081 5600
Fax: (07) 4051 7940

Related publications

Mein J, Bullen R, Fiona M, Kirby M (2011)

Apunipima baby baskets.

O&G Magazine; 13(3): 21-23

Evaluated publications

Baby Basket program (2014)

Apunipima Cape York Health Council


Last updated: 15 January 2015
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