News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Maternity Services Engagement Report Released

Maternity Services Engagement Report Released


A recently released New Zealand Institute of Rural Health study on rural maternity services consumer engagement in the Midland region, has found some room for improvement, including improving access to lead maternity carers.

The aim of the study was to identify areas where improvements could be made to ensure rural women had equitable access to Midland’s maternity services.

The study’s authors, Gytha Lancaster, Kamiria Gosman, Dr. Veronique Gibbons, and Professor Ross Lawrenson, explored the views of rural women who had recently used Midland’s maternity services provided in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Tairawhiti, Lakes and Taranaki regions.

The study focused on listening to the views of Maori women, assessing whether there were maternity workforce issues, and understanding the relationship between primary care/general practice and maternity services.

Focus groups and individual interviews were held across the Midland region in Hawera, Te Kuiti, Tokoroa, Coromandel, Matamata, Turangi, Opotiki, Gisborne and Tolaga Bay, and involved 62 participants.

The study’s findings were grouped into five key themes:

• access to services

• quality of clinical care

• information

• role of partners, family and friends; and

• culture

Professor Ross Lawrenson, said “Rural patients and consumers of health care have faced increasing centralisation of health services for many years. At the same time consumer needs are changing, so it was important to capture their views to ensure the service changes improved the quality of maternity care for rural families.”

The study’s recommendations highlighted areas that Midland’s maternity services could consider developing, such as making information on how to find an LMC and the services available, more accessible to consumers.

Kamiria Gosman and Professor Lawrenson recently presented the study’s key themes to the Midland Maternity Action Group (MMAG) which had emerged after listening to the experiences and perceptions of consumers from across the region.

The MMAG has a membership from across the five Midland district health boards and comprises senior medical officers, midwifery leaders, quality and safety coordinators, management and maternity staff, such as educators and a lactation consultant.

Professor Lawrenson highlighted to the MMAG what consumers considered important: access to services, an emphasis on the quality care (a consideration of cultural needs), the information needs of consumers, and the importance of family/whanau as partners in the care of pregnant women.

Corli Roodt, clinical chair of the MMAG, said “We are both reassured that some of our current activities are already on target to address a number of the recommendations and excited about the prospect of extending our work plan to progress the remaining ones.”

She said the group was already developing maternity content for consumers on a regional website, including how to book with an LMC, pregnancy information, safe sleep practices for babies, and breastfeeding information.

To read the study, visit: www.nzirh.org.nz

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

August 4: Centenary Of New Zealand Entering The First World War

PM John Key: I move, that this House recognise that on the 4th of August 2014, we will mark the centenary of New Zealand entering the First World War... More>>

ALSO:

Cyclists Net First NZ Gold

New Zealand won a gold meal and two bronzes on the first day of the Commonwealth Games. There was joy and heartbreak in an incredibly full day of sport. Here's how the New Zealanders fared. More>>

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news