SOSU is keen to encourage GP-obstetrician registrars and new graduates to take up positions in rural areas, with appropriate mentors. In particular, it is important that GP registrars are placed with opportunities to utilize their procedural skills. SOSU can assist in finding appropriate training placements.
Western Australian Country Health Service (WACHS) have funded a program, with involvement from Rural Health West, SOSU, KEMH, the Rural Clinical School of WA (RCS), Post Graduate Medical Council of WA (PMCWA), WA General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET) and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aging (DoHA). The program arranges a mentoring and support program for doctors with basic or advanced Diploma of the RANZCOG. This generous funding is enabling GPs to gain confidence, by working with the supervision and assistance of experienced GP-obstetricians.
Rural Generalist Program
WACHS has funded Rural Health West to establish a framework for a Rural Generalist Program (RGP) in WA, for implementation in 2009. SOSU is highly supportive of this initiative.
In 2007 SOSU and the Women's and Newborn's Health Network (W&NHN) first embarked on a collaborative project, to map the Maternity And Neonatal Services 'MANSmap' throughout Western Australia, describing services and workforce, and identifying deficits. The mapping exercise created a collection of information particularly pertinent to workforce and health management planning. The project outlines which services are available and where they are situated, and monitors workforce capacity across the State. The initial report was released in 2008 and the most recent data collection is now available and may be accessed by health professionals (password protected) via this website.
Summary information about each obstetric unit is available by clicking on the geographical location on the map of WA.
In early 2009 the Statewide Obstetric Support Unit (SOSU) and Perinatal Loss Service (PLS) at Edward Memorial Hospital undertook a Metropolitan Perinatal Loss Needs’ Assessment Project (MPLNAP). The primary aim of the Project was to assess the perinatal loss services offered in the non-tertiary metropolitan public obstetric units in WA to consider whether additional education or support is needed.
Valuable information was obtained from site visits conducted in early 2009. A Caring for Families Experiencing Perinatal Loss booklet and comprehensive Perinatal Loss Resource Folio were developed and distributed to maternity services. A number of these resources are available in PDF format on the SOSU website by clicking on the project title above.