Journal article

Evaluation of systems reform in public hospitals, Victoria, Australia, to improve access to antenatal care for women of refugee background: An interrupted time series design

Jane Yelland, Fiona Mensah, Elisha Riggs, Ellie McDonald, Josef Szwarc, Wendy Dawson, Dannielle Vanpraag, Sue Casey, Christine East, Marry Anne Biro, Glyn Teale, Sue Willey, Stephanie J Brown

PLoS Medicine | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2020

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Inequalities in maternal and newborn health persist in many high-income countries, including for women of refugee background. The Bridging the Gap partnership programme in Victoria, Australia, was designed to find new ways to improve the responsiveness of universal maternity and early child health services for women and families of refugee background with the codesign and implementation of iterative quality improvement and demonstration initiatives. One goal of this 'whole-of-system' approach was to improve access to antenatal care. The objective of this paper is to report refugee women's access to hospital-based antenatal care over the period of health system reforms. METHODS ..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/(ID 1056799). JY was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (ID 1062484, 2013-2017) and a Translating Research into Practice Fellowship (ID 1150566, 2018-2019). SB was supported by an Australian Research Council https://www.arc.gov.au Future Fellowship (ID 110101036, 2012-2015) and a National Health and Medical Research Council Research Fellowship (ID 1103976, 2016-2020). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, the decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.