Journal article

Improving postpartum screening after diabetes in pregnancy: Results of a pilot study in remote Australia

Renae Kirkham, Diana MacKay, Federica Barzi, Cherie Whitbread, Marie Kirkwood, Sian Graham, Paula Van Dokkum, H David McIntyre, Jonathan E Shaw, Alex Brown, Kerin O'Dea, Christine Connors, Jeremy Oats, Paul Zimmet, Jacqueline Boyle, Louise Maple-Brown

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology | WILEY | Published : 2019


BACKGROUND: The postpartum period is a critical time to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal women, particularly for those who have chronic conditions. AIMS: To assess enhanced support methods (for women following diabetes in pregnancy (DIP)) to improve completion rates of recommended postpartum health checks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-three Aboriginal women in the Northern Territory (NT) were contacted in the postpartum period to encourage medical check-ups. Messages were delivered through phone (call or text messages) or other methods (Facebook or email). The primary outcome was postpartum blood glucose testing (oral glucose tolerance testing (OGTT), random or fasting glucose and HbA1..

View full abstract


Awarded by Global Alliance Chronic Disease NHMRC

Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was funded by Global Alliance Chronic Disease NHMRC Grant #1092968. Louise Maple-Brown is supported by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship #1078477; JAB was supported by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship; AB was supported by a Sylvia and Charles Viertel Senior Medical Research Fellowship; JES was supported by NHMRC Fellowship #1079438. The views expressed in this publication do not reflect those of the funders.