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Koori Maternity Service

The Koori Maternity Service offered by Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative delivers culturally responsive and high-quality care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, babies, and families.

The Koori Maternity Service provides flexible, holistic, and culturally safe pregnancy and postnatal care for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander women, women having Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies and their families.

Our program consists of a partnership between the local hospital and the local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organization, with access to a midwife and Aboriginal Healthcare Workers, General Practitioners, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officers, and community-based services.

Acknowledging the deep connection to country and culture and trying to ensure that each individual’s unique cultural identity is respected, and their needs meet by offering flexible and tailored appointments.

Patient Information

  • What we do

    • Provide culturally sensitive care in a safe environment.
    • Provide education, support and care for girls, women, fathers and families regarding family planning care before and after Poopoop (Baby) arrives.
    • Provide Antenatal & Postnatal Midwifery care.
    • Labour & Birth support provided if required.
    • Provide Breast feeding support and advice.
    • Provide parenting supports
    • Provide social supports.
    • Assistance with referral and linking into other services as needed.
    • Support with hospital visits.
    • Assistance with transport to and from appointments
  • Who we care for

    Women & families planning to have a Poopoop- (Baby)

    Women & families who are having or just had a Poopoop- (Baby)

    Koori families—this also includes Grandparent, Single Mum’s/Dad’s or any other family combination who are caring for Poopoop -(Baby)

    Women & families not planning to have a Poopoop- (Baby)

  • How to access this service

    • You can self-refer by dropping in or phoning your local ACCHO.
    • Your doctor can refer you.
    • Your maternal child health nurse can refer you.
    • Any worker from your local Aboriginal Cooperative or health service can refer you
    • Your hospital Aboriginal Liaison Officer (ALO) can refer you.
  • Confidentiality

    This is a confidential service. Your details and information will be kept strictly confidential and shared only with your doctor or people you have given permission for us to share this information with.

  • Continuity of Care

    We aim to provide continuity of care where possible, while tailoring our service to meet you and your families individual needs; be that in our clinics, your home or preferred setting. We aim to strengthen local partnership and service networks to help us provide you and your family the appropriate care.

Page last updated: 3 August 2022

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