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Antenatal care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

Australian Family Physician
Volume 43 Issue 1/2 (Jan/Feb 2014)

Abstract: Background: About 6% of Australian births are to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander parent and there is a clear disparity in birth outcomes between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians. Some issues affecting birth outcomes are similar nationally whilst others will be more particular to certain areas. Objective: This paper will highlight important areas that may facilitate improved care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Discussion: A key component of improving pregnancy outcomes is early and ongoing engagement in antenatal care, which is facilitated by the provision of culturally appropriate and evidence based care relevant to the local community. The majority of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live in urban or inner regional areas and receive healthcare through mainstream services and it is important therefore for all practitioners to be aware of how to optimise care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.

To cite this article: Clarke, Marilyn and Boyle, Jacqueline. Antenatal care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women [online]. Australian Family Physician, Vol. 43, No. 1/2, Jan/Feb 2014: 20-24. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=826915187016872;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 0300-8495. [cited 27 Jul 16].

Personal Author: Clarke, Marilyn; Boyle, Jacqueline; Source: Australian Family Physician, Vol. 43, No. 1/2, Jan/Feb 2014: 20-24 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0300-8495 Subject: Prenatal care; Women, Aboriginal Australian; Pregnant women--Services for; Outcome assessment (Medical care); Medical personnel and patient; Torres Strait Islanders--Medical care; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Specialist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynacology, Grafton Base Hospital, Grafton, NSW, email: marilyn.clarke@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au
(2) Senior Research Fellow, Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Womens Research Unit, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC

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