Evaluation of the Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service

Surveys completed, case studies and interviews soon to commence

Last year HCA and Murawin commenced the 2016-18 evaluation of the NSW Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service (AMIHS).

At the end of last year the evaluation received approval from the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) and the NSW Population and Health Services Research ethics committees.

HCA and Murawin are excited to announce that Components 1 and 2 of the evaluation have now been completed – the document review and AMIHS manager survey.

We are very grateful for the hard work contributed by AMIHS managers which resulted in a 100% response rate (47 surveys from 47 sites)! Thanks again to everyone who contributed.

The information from the first two project components has now been analysed using a cluster analysis technique. This analysis has indicated that there are five main ways that AMIHS is being implemented across the sites. An interim report and a set of six recommended case study sites have now been provided to the Ministry of Health.

We hope to be able to announce the case study sites and be out in the field shortly. The purpose of the case studies will be to explore, in more detail, how AMIHS is being delivered, how it has been received by mothers of Aboriginal babies and their families and communities, and how it is sitting within the broader network of health and community services in those communities.

We will also shortly commence interviews with key peak organisations and preparation for Components 5 and 6 – analysis of the Perinatal Data Collection (PDC) and the AMIHS Data Collection (AMDC) and an economic analysis of financial data collected in Component 2.

Contact Debbie Stanford, HCA Staff Consultant, us for more information about the aims and methodology of the evaluation, or even send us information relevant to the evaluation.

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