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.
Read the background information below on what the National Strategic Approach to Maternity Services is all about.
Read the draft consultation paper to so you gain a thorough understanding of the approach.
Please join us for a special ABTA consultation webinar on Thursday 6 December 1:00pm – 2:30pm (AEDT) to have your say.
Email email@example.com to register for the webinar.
Together, let’s give women who have experienced Birth Trauma a voice. #yourstorymatters
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the webinar.
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’.