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National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services


Have your say now!

Have you ever wanted to be heard about changes you think should be made to maternity services, but weren’t sure where to go? Perhaps you sustained long term harm, (either psychological or physical) from something you feel could have been easily prevented by a change in policy or culture?

Ever wondered how you could have a voice to facilitate change? This is your opportunity! The Federal Government wants to hear from you. By following the steps below you can add your voice to the growing call for change in maternity services provision in Australia. Follow the three steps below to have your say. Here is what we suggest you do.

Next Steps

If you are unable to attend the Webinar but would still like to have your say, you can email your feedback to support@birthtrauma.org.au and we will incorporate it into our response.

Background

Read the background information below on what the National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services is all about.

Draft Consultation Paper

Read the draft consultation paper to so you gain a thorough understanding of the approach.

Attend Webinar

Please join us for a special ABTA consultation webinar  on Thursday 6 December 1:00pm – 2:30pm (AEDT) to have your say.

Email amy@birthtrauma.org.au to register for the webinar.

Together, let’s give women who have experienced Birth Trauma a voice. #yourstorymatters

So what is the National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services (NSAMS)?

On the 22 September 2017 the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council agreed to start the process to develop a new National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services (NSAMS) to replace and build on the expired National Maternity Services Plan 2010- 2015. The purpose of this national approach was to develop a document that would guide maternity services policy across all jurisdictions.

The first round of consultation was conducted in early 2018 and sought to:

  • – outline the rationale for a NSAMS
  • – examine the challenges and successes of the 2010-2015 National Maternity Services Plan
  • – consider current evidence for maternity outcomes
  • – compare Australian outcomes nationally and internationally on quality and safety measures
  • – consider other related plans and strategies
  • – consider the strengths and weaknesses of the current system
  • – gain insights into key issues for both consumers and health providers in the provision of maternity services

The development of the National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services (NSAMS) has now begun Round 2 of consultation. They now want to hear from interested stakeholders about whether the draft approach has incorporated all aspects considered important to consumers, health professionals and the health system more broadly.

The consultation process is asking stakeholders to review the ‘Strategic Directions for Australian Maternity Services’ consultation document and then answer an online survey (the survey is now closed). They are also offering workshops in capital cities and some regional areas as well as webinar consultations. They want to hear from interested stakeholders (including consumers) about whether the draft approach has incorporated all aspects considered important to consumers, health professionals and the health system more broadly.

ABTA will be sending representatives to the workshops and will be providing a response to the consultation paper. We would love to incorporate your ideas and feedback as part of this process. A special consultation workshop has been organised for ABTA members on Thursday 6 December at 1:00pm – 2:30pm AEDT. Please email amy@birthtrauma.org.au to register for the webinar.

Other useful information

Visit Federal Governments Maternity Website

Existing Responses

A list of all organisations and individuals who have responded to the First Consultation Paper that closed in June 2018 along with a link to their submissions. You will find them under the heading ‘Published Responses’.

Associated Documents

A link to documents related to the previous National Maternity Services Plan that ran from 2010-2016

Additional information relating to NSAMS includes:

National Media Coverage

ACRRM
Rural doctors welcome re-start on National Maternity Services Framework
Australian Doctor
National maternity plan, panned by GPs, ditched at last minute
AMA
National Framework for Maternity Services Scrapped
The Daily Telegraph
Pregnant women are missing out on crucial maternity care