Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Services in NSW deliver care to Aboriginal families in over 80 locations.
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The Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service (AMIHS) aims to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and Aboriginal babies.
Midwives and Aboriginal health workers work together to provide a continuity of care maternity service that meets the needs of Aboriginal families.
AMIHS builds on Aboriginal communities' knowledge and understanding about pregnancy and infant health.
AMIHS teams provide antenatal and postnatal care in the community, from as early as possible in pregnancy to up to eight weeks after birth. AMIHS teams link closely with other maternity services to ensure that risk management, education and support are available.
Services provided by AMIHS include:
After attending AMIHS, families are linked to child and family health services.
The Training Support Unit (TSU) provides professional development to AMIHS, BSF and other staff working collaboratively with these programs.
TSU education and training ensures staff have the knowledge and skills to provide sustainable, culturally appropriate maternity and child health care to Aboriginal families.
The AMIHS evaluation was conducted by Murawin Consulting and Human Capital Alliance (HCA) with data gathering occurring between 2016-2018. The final report was provided to NSW Health in June 2019. NSW Health has developed a response to the evaluation findings.