Evaluation of the Illawarra Midwifery Group Practice Program
A Midwifery Group Practice program offering continuous, caseload care by midwives to women with ‘low-risk’ pregnancies was developed and run as a pilot program at The Wollongong Hospital. During late 2004 and the first half of 2005, CHSD carried out an independent evaluation of this model, focusing on two main research questions: the safety record of the program, as demonstrated by its clinical outcomes and peer reviews of selected cases; and whether the program was acceptable to consumers and clinicians. In June 2005 the report was presented to the steering committee and a working group was established to consider the viability and future of the program.
The final report and a related journal article are available to download:
- Williams K, Lainchbury A and Eagar K (2005) The Illawarra Midwifery Group Practice Program – the evaluation of a pilot program to introduce a safe and continuous model of care. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong
- Williams K, Lago L, Lainchbury A and Eagar K (2010) Mothers' views of caseload midwifery and the value of continuity of care at an Australian regional hospital. Midwifery, 26 (6): 615-21.
AHSRI project team: Kathryn Williams, Kathy Eagar, Luise Lago
Collaborators: Anne Lainchbury