Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Strategy Evaluation with HCA and Murawin

Just an update on one of our more recent projects; the 2016-18 evaluation of the NSW Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service (AMIHS) which Murawin has been working on in collaboration with Human Capital Alliance (HCA).

After receiving ethics approval last year from the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) and the NSW Population and Health Services Research ethics committees, the project began with Components 1 and 2; a document review and AMIHS manager survey. Both of these Components are now completed, and we are very pleased to note that we received a 100% response rate (47 surveys from 47 sites) in our surveys! A great effort!

We continue to work with the AMIHS Cultural Reference Group which consists of Aboriginal representatives from across NSW, who are all experienced in the child and maternal health sector.

We are exploring 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 about to undertake our first lot of site consultations; it is pleasing to see the interest from both the health service sector and the Aboriginal community in relation to having input into the evaluation.