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Australian maternity service provision: A comparative analysis of state and territory maternity care frameworks
journal contributionposted on 2023-02-07, 01:25 authored by K Brundell, Vidanka VasilevskiVidanka Vasilevski, T Farrell, Linda SweetLinda Sweet
Objective Healthcare delivery in Australia is managed at state and territory levels. This paper aims to compare the content and structure of publicly accessible Australian maternity service state and territory frameworks which guide the delivery of maternity care. Methods A scoping review was conducted to identify publicly accessible Australian state and territory maternity service frameworks. A comparative content analysis was undertaken. Results Six of the potential eight states and territories had locatable frameworks. Differences in both structure and content were found between frameworks. Variation exists between standalone maternity service frameworks and comprehensive clinical frameworks. Several jurisdictions align policy and ministerial directives in their frameworks outlining service delivery and guidance relating to maternal and/or neonatal transfer. Language referring to the assessment of maternity services and service risk varied. Conclusion Consistency in structure, language, and a clear communication strategy embedded into each maternity service framework may improve the functioning and consistency of Australian maternity services at each level of the healthcare system.
JournalAustralian Health Review
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
AustraliangovernanceHEALTHHealth Care Sciences & ServicesHealth Policy & ServicesLife Sciences & Biomedicinematernity frameworkmaternity policymaternity servicesoperational policyRISKScience & TechnologyAustraliaCommunicationDelivery of Health CareFemaleHumansInfant, NewbornLanguageMaternal Health ServicesPregnancyHealth ServicesClinical Research8 Health and social care services research8.1 Organisation and delivery of services3 Good Health and Well Being