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The goal of the Aboriginal maternal health program is to improve pregnancy outcomes in Indigenous mothers in the Rockingham Kwinana area of Western Australia.
The program specifically aims to:
The program links mothers with community services, and assists with transport to attend medical appointments. After the birth of the child, mothers and newborns are offered regular health checkups and support at their home, the clinic, or at another location at the request of the mother. Mothers are provided with information and resources about a range of topics, such as breast-feeding and immunisation, as well as support accessing childcare services, baby groups, playgroups, and child and family health services.
The program is run by the Perth South Coastal Medicare Local (previously the Rockingham Kwinana Division of General Practice and GP Down South).
Abstract adapted from the Perth South Coastal Medicare Local
Maternal Health Officer
Moorditj Koort Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre
Perth South Coastal Medicare Local
Ph: (08) 9439 9540