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- Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights – My Healthcare Rights
The Charter describes what consumers, or someone they care for, can expect when receiving health care.
- Australian College of Midwives
ACM is the peak professional organisation representing midwives and midwifery policy in Australia.
- Australian Institute of Family Studies
AIFS is the Australian Government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing, providing information resources and services, and links to other sites for family research.
- Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth
ARACY progresses and promotes evidence-based programs and strategies to improve the wellbeing of children and young people.
- Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
The Center draws on the intellectual resources available at Harvard University to generate, translate and apply knowledge in the service of improving life outcomes for children in the United States and throughout the world.
- Cochrane – Pregnancy and Childbirth
Cochrane is an international and independent non-profit organisation established in 1993 aimed at providing up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare. The Cochrane Library is an online resource containing a regularly updated collection of evidence-based data, including over 7,500 Cochrane reviews. These reviews explore the evidence for and against the effectiveness and appropriateness of different treatments in specific circumstances. Each review features a Plain Language Summary, with the aim of making the information accessible to everyone. Cochrane podcasts deliver the latest up-to-date evidence from the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in a convenient, easy-to-access audio format so you can listen to relevant, accessible research from the world’s leading producers of health evidence wherever you are.
- Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
FaHCSIA helps to support families and children through programs, services, benefits and payments. Further support is provided through grants and funding for organisations providing services for families.
- Evidenced Based Birth
An American site, providing current evidence based information to communities so they can make empowered choices.
- Government Websites
Australian Department of Health, Pregnancy, birth and baby
ACT – Canberra Maternity Options
NSW – Having a Baby
Northern Territory – Pregnancy, birthing and child health
Queensland – Maternity Services
South Australia – Pregnancy Services
Tasmania – Pregnancy Birth and Early Parenting
Victoria – Healthy Pregnancy and Maternity and newborn services
Western Australia – Having a baby
- Joanna Briggs Institute, Adelaide University
JBI is an international research organisation based in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. JBI develops and delivers unique evidence-based information, software, education and training designed to improve healthcare practice and health outcomes.
- Maternal Health Task Force
The Maternal Health Task Force is ensuring that front-line maternal health workers, policymakers, researchers, and advocates across the world have access to the most current and reliable evidence in the field.
- National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
NAPCAN advocates on behalf of children and young people, and promotes positive change in attitudes, behaviour, policies, practices and the law to prevent abuse and neglect and ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Australian children.
- National Safety and Quality Health Care Standard – Communication for Safety
The Communicating for Safety Standard aims to ensure timely, purpose-driven and effective communication and documentation that support continuous, coordinated and safe care for patients.
- National Safety and Quality Health Care Standard – Partnering with Consumers
The Partnering with Consumers Standard recognises the importance of involving patients in their own care and providing clear communication to patients. This standard, together with the Clinical Governance Standard, underpins all the other standards.
- Parenting Research Centre
Help children and families thrive by driving improved ways of supporting parenting.
- Pregnancy Care Guidelines – Australia
The Guidelines were developed to help ensure that women in Australia are provided with consistent, high- quality, evidence-based maternity care. The Guidelines are intended for all health professionals who contribute to pregnancy care.
- Respectful Maternity Care Charter
Respectful Maternity Care Charter: Universal Rights of Mothers and Newborns which clarifies and clearly articulates the rights of women and newborns while receiving maternity care within a healthcare facility.
- The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health
PMNCH joins the reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health communities into an alliance of more than 500 members to ensure that all women, infants and children not only remain healthy, but thrive.
- The White Ribbon Alliance
The White Ribbon Alliance is a grassroots movement that builds alliances, strengthens capacity, influences policies, harnesses resources and inspires action to save the lives of women and newborns around the world.
- United Nations Population Fund
UNFPA works to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
- WHO recommendation on respectful maternity care during labour and childbirth
Respectful maternity care – care organized for and provided to all women in a manner that maintains their dignity, privacy and confidentiality, ensures freedom from harm and mistreatment, and enables informed choice and continuous support.
- Woman-centred care Strategic directions for Australian maternity services
This document outlines a national strategy to support the delivery of maternity services to women, from conception until 12 months after the pregnancy or birth.
- Women Deliver
Women Deliver is a global advocacy organisation bringing together voices from around the world to call for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women.
- World Health Organisation
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system, responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy.
- World Health Organisation Intrapartum Care for a Positive Childbirth Experience, 2018
The guideline highlights the importance of woman-centred care to optimize the experience of labour and childbirth for women and their babies through a holistic, human rights-based approach. It introduces a global model of intrapartum care.
- World Health Organisation’s framework for quality of care for pregnant women and newborns
WHO’s Framework for quality maternity care. WHO “envisions a world where every pregnant woman and newborn receives quality care throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period.