Australian maternity service provision : A comparative analysis of state and territory maternity care frameworks
Brundell, Kath, Vasilevski, Vidanka, Farrell, Tanya and Sweet, Linda. (2022). Australian maternity service provision : A comparative analysis of state and territory maternity care frameworks. Australian Health Review. 46(5), pp. 559-566. https://doi.org/10.1071/AH22059
|Authors||Brundell, Kath, Vasilevski, Vidanka, Farrell, Tanya and Sweet, Linda|
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.
|Keywords||Australian; governance; maternity framework; maternity policy; maternity services|
|Journal||Australian Health Review|
|Journal citation||46 (5), pp. 559-566|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1071/AH22059|
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|Online||04 Aug 2022|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||11 Jul 2022|
|Deposited||26 Jul 2023|
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