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 of mothers of Aboriginal babies during pregnancy so that their babies have the best possible start in life.

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.

Services AMIHS provide

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:

  • regular antenatal checks
  • help with booking into maternity hospitals
  • referral and support to access other services
  • postnatal checks and support to attend child and family health services
  • health promotion and community activities
  • support and information on nutrition and feeding
  • support to access quit smoking programs

After attending AMIHS, families are linked to child and family health services.

Training support for AMIHS

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.

AMIHS evaluation documents

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.

 

 

Current as at: Monday 27 June 2022
Contact page owner: Maternity, Child and Family