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The former AMSSU worked in partnership with service providers and stakeholders to assist and support metropolitan, rural and remote service providers in providing maternity care for Aboriginal families. It was underpinned by a collaborative relationship with the Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia. Due to funding restrictions the AMSSU ceased operation at the end of June 2015.
The unit provided evidence based clinical advice, research, resources, information, linkage, and professional development in consultation with regions in Western Australia. Specific services included workforce development and health promotion.
Workforce development aimed to improve service delivery to Aboriginal clients through the development of a suitably skilled and culturally appropriate workforce. A learning framework was been designed to provide an effective resource to support knowledge transfer in line with overall COAG Indigenous early childhood targets. It was delivered in Perth or in conjunction with regional stakeholders.
The AMSSU Health promotion action plan supported a four-day health promotion training course which was facilitated by Curtin University and endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives. The course addressed maternal and child health issues, planning skills and health promotion project delivery.
Abstract adapted from Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit