Journal article

Bridging the Gap: using an interrupted time series design to evaluate systems reform addressing refugee maternal and child health inequalities

Jane Yelland, Elisha Riggs, Josef Szwarc, Sue Casey, Wendy Dawson, Dannielle Vanpraag, Chris East, Euan Wallace, Glyn Teale, Bernie Harrison, Pauline Petschel, John Furler, Sharon Goldfeld, Fiona Mensah, Mary Anne Biro, Sue Willey, I-Hao Cheng, Rhonda Small, Stephanie Brown



BACKGROUND: The risk of poor maternal and perinatal outcomes in high-income countries such as Australia is greatest for those experiencing extreme social and economic disadvantage. Australian data show that women of refugee background have higher rates of stillbirth, fetal death in utero and perinatal mortality compared with Australian born women. Policy and health system responses to such inequities have been slow and poorly integrated. This protocol describes an innovative programme of quality improvement and reform in publically funded universal health services in Melbourne, Australia, that aims to address refugee maternal and child health inequalities. METHODS/DESIGN: A partnership of 11..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

Bridging the Gap is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (APP1056799). The partner organisations have contributed substantial in-kind resources and financial support. We acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Several authors are supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship including JY (2014-2017); CE (2012-2015); and SG (2015-2018). FM is supported by the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2012-2015) and SB is supported by the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2012-2015).