Journal article

Identifying maternity services in public hospitals in rural and remote Australia

Jo Longman, Jennifer M Pilcher, Deborah A Donoghue, Margaret Rolfe, Sue V Kildea, Sue Kruske, Jeremy JN Oats, Geoffrey G Morgan, Lesley M Barclay

Australian Health Review | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2014


OBJECTIVE: This paper articulates the importance of accurately identifying maternity services. It describes the process and challenges of identifying the number, level and networks of rural and remote maternity services in public hospitals serving communities of between 1000 and 25000 people across Australia, and presents the findings of this process. METHODS: Health departments and the national government's websites, along with lists of public hospitals, were used to identify all rural and remote Australian public hospitals offering maternity services in small towns. State perinatal reports were reviewed to establish numbers of births by hospital. The level of maternity services and network..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

Data for this project were collected for the Maternity Services Inter-Jurisdictional Committee and are used with permission. This work was also supported, in part, by a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (1024868).