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Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island Babies

SWH Aboriginal Liaison Officers can support you during your pregnancy, birth and follow up care of your baby. We have a cultural and holistic approach to your care, working with SWH staff to provide culturally safe care for you and your family.


We understand that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people’s health and care must incorporate connections to:

  • Physical,
  • Mental and emotional wellbeing,
  • Family,
  • Culture,
  • Community,
  • Land, and
  • Spirituality/ancestors.

Parts of our service can include shared care with your medical service ACCHO or mainstream. Gunditjmara Co-Op offer Koori Maternity Services (KMS). KMS cover Hamilton, Portland, Warrnambool and surrounds.

Koori Maternity Service


South West Healthcare offers shared care with the Koori Maternity Service (KMS).

The objective of the KMS program is to improve pregnancy journeys through:

  • Increasing access to, and participation in, antenatal services and postnatal support.
  • Facilitating relationships between women and birthing hospitals.

The KMS program also strives to improve health outcomes and specifically aims to:

  • Optimise the health and wellbeing of women and their babies.
  • Identify and manage maternal and foetal risk factors, particularly early in pregnancy.
  • Reduce perinatal morbidity and mortality, including incidence of preterm birth and low birth weight.
  • Cultural birthing plan are available, these are a deadly resource for understanding your rights to a cultural safe space for the birth of you Poopoop/Boorai.

  • What KMS 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 KSM 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.

  • Koori Maternity Service contact details

    Visit Us: 3 Banyan St
    Warrnambool, Vic 3280

    Call:(03) 5564 3344

    Toll Free: 1800 629 729


    Midwife Details:

    Fiona O Sullivan
    Call: 0429 669 920

Page last updated: 13 February 2024

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