Journal article

Birthing in the Barkly: births to Barkly women in 2010

R Schultz, R Lockey, JJ Oats

Rural and Remote Health | COLL MEDICINE & DENTISTRY JAMES COOK UNIV TOWNSVILLE | Published : 2013

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: A 2007 review of maternity services in Australia's Northern Territory (NT) noted the dissatisfaction of women in the Barkly region where the birthing service closed in 2006. The review recommended improved integration of maternity services, a consumer focus, and a pilot study of birthing in Tennant Creek Hospital (TCH) in the Barkly region. Barkly region is sparsely populated, with 5700 people in 320,000 km². The town of Tennant Creek with 3100 population is the only centre of more than 1000 people. In the Barkly region, 64% of the population and 74% of birthing women are Aboriginal. Current NT Department of Health (NT DoH) policy requires all women to give birth in a town with..

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