The Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit and the Child and Adolescent Health Service, Aboriginal Child Health Team invite you to join them at the Third Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Conference, to be held at the Novotel Perth Langley Hotel, Perth on 13th and 14th May 2015.
The conference is an opportunity for those who work with Aboriginal families to share outcomes about the successes and the challenges in closing the gap in Aboriginal maternal and child health.
The theme of the conference is "Working Together to Close the Gap - Outcomes in clinical and primary Aboriginal health care for Maternal and Child Health".
Registration and Call for Abstracts is now open.
Telephone: 9340 1588
The Women and Newborn Health Service, Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit and Child and Adolescent Community Health, Aboriginal Health Team launched a series of radio advertisements to deliver anti-smoking messages to the aboriginal community.
The campaign has been developed by participants of the Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Aboriginal Leadership Program from the workforce of WNHS, CACH and AHCWA.
Four radio ads have gone to air on Noongar Radio, focusing on the dangers of smoking to parents, pregnant women and their unborn children, as well as highlighting the risks of passive smoking to children, such as developing ear and chest infections, and asthma.
The Manager, AMSSU and AHCWA Chief Executive Officer Des Martin agree the ads are an ongoing campaign to improve the health of Aboriginal people, particularly parents and their children.
"Aboriginal people are twice as likely to smoke as non-Aboriginal people in Western Australia, and this is having a serious impact on those who smoke, and the children in their care," Mr Martin said.
"Aboriginal babies are far more likely to suffer from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) than non-Aboriginal babies, and tobacco smoke is thought to be a significant factor in many SIDS cases."
"This campaign aims to change behaviour in relation to smoking, and raise awareness of a number of other health issues relating to pregnancy and caring for newborns," Mrs Denese Griffin said.
In addition to providing positive health messages, the radio ads also provide information for people wanting to quit smoking and how to contact their local Aboriginal medical service.
Date: Tuesday 28 May 2013
Time: 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Venue: Duxton Hotel, 1 St Georges Terrace, Perth
The Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit in conjunction with Curtin University is pleased to present the Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Conference Workshop “A Tasting Plate of Health Promotion” on Tuesday 28 May. Registration costs will be covered by the Aboriginal Maternal Service Support Unit. The workshop is being held the day before the conference commences. Please note you are welcome to register for the Health Promotion workshop even if you are unable to attend the conference. Attached is a registration form to complete and submit by 15 March 2013. Places are limited so please submit your registration form as soon as possible.
A Tasting Plate of Health Promotion
Curtin University will be delivering a pre-conference workshop to offer you a “taster” of health promotion. The 3-hour workshop will provide an introduction to the basic principles and practice of health promotion including planning, implementing and evaluating programs. It will include practical activities to demonstrate how you can apply health promotion to the maternal and child health issues in your community and increase your confidence to integrate health promotion into your own work.
Contact: amssu@health wa.gov.au
'Working together to Close the Gap - Building on success for the future'
May 29 and 30, 2013
Duxton Hotel, 1 St Georges Terrace, Perth
The Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit and the Aboriginal Child Health Project invite you to join them at the second Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Conference, to be held at the Duxton Hotel, Perth on 29th and 30th May 2013.
The conference is an opportunity for those who work with Aboriginal families to share stories and highlight evidence of progress towards Closing the Gap in Aboriginal maternal and child health. Hear about what works from the people who are 'on the ground' and celebrate the positive achievements in improving health outcomes for Aboriginal families.
If you have a program, service, policy, research or community engagement strategy that makes a measurable difference to Aboriginal maternal and child health, we would like to hear from you. You may choose to share your story in the following ways:
For details about how to submit your abstract, see the 'Call for Abstracts' link below or contact AMSSU on email@example.com or 9340 1555.
Anyone who is involved in delivering Aboriginal maternal and child health services:
Call for Abstracts open
3 December 2012
Call for Abstracts close
28 March 2013
Abstract acceptance notified
12 April 2013
22 May 2013
12 April 2013
Display Submission close
12 April 2013
3 December 2012
12 April 2013
There is no charge to register for this event, but places are limited and applications to attend will be assessed by the organising committee. Priority will be given to applicants who are involved in direct Aboriginal maternal and child health service delivery.
All authors of accepted abstracts will be required to register for the Conference.
If you need assistance with registering for the Conference, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 08 9340 1555.
Please note, registrations close Friday 12 April 2013.
The Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit (AMSSU) won the Excellence in Developing Partnerships category at the WA Health Awards 2012.
The AMSSU was recognised for the project Collaborative Partnerships to Close the Gap in Indigenous Early Childhood Development.
The AMSSU shares a collaborative relationship with the Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) and employs a Statewide Coordinator whose role is shared across both organisations. This arrangement - which is unique in Australia - helps foster strong partnerships between Aboriginal community controlled health services and WA Health.
The AMSSU and AHCWA partnership shares a common vision, to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal families through better health care for Aboriginal women and babies.
Building from this collaboration the AMSSU has also developed strong partnerships with other state and federal health departments, non-government organisations, primary health care providers, the education sector and research bodies to develop and improve services.
The AMSSU was established at WNHS less than two years ago and in that short time has made a significant contribution to the work of improving health services for Aboriginal families.
In June 2012 the unit organised and hosted the inaugural Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Conference in Perth, attracting 214 representatives from its diverse partner organisations. The evaluation of this conference showed that respondents overwhelmingly valued the event as a forum to learn about maternal and child health issues affecting Aboriginal families.
The Aboriginal Maternity Services Support Unit (AMSSU), located at King Edward Memorial Hospital, received an overwhelming response to its health promotion training programs and upcoming conference after receiving the coveted WA Health Award for the Excellence in Developing Partnerships category in 2012.
Anne-Marie McHugh, Statewide Coordinator at the AMSSU, said that the Award has increased the profile and awareness of the role of the Unit. As a result their January 2013 training program and Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Conference in May were oversubscribed.
“We had initially planned for 25 places to our training program and received 65 applications, while our conference numbers needed to be capped at 250 people, despite receiving responses from 350 people,” Anne-Marie said.
“We have waiting lists for those interested in our training programs, which has meant that our June training program has filled very quickly.”
The AMSSU is part of the WA Health’s Women and Newborn Health Service. It has collaborated with the Aboriginal Health Council of WA and various partnership organisations to close the gap in indigenous early childhood development.
Previous to the Award, the AMSSU worked hard to promote the support it offers Aboriginal maternal and child care health services by providing advice, research, resources, information, linkage and professional development.
“It is always promising to hear our stakeholders talk about our services in a positive light at other forums. It provides encouragement and certainty that we are making a positive difference while raising our profile,” Annie-Marie said.
“We were contacted by our close partners who stated that they felt part of the Award and that we had become a unifying force in closing the gap in Indigenous Early Childhood Development.”
Since the Award, the AMSSU has further expanded its partnerships to include Sids and Kids Western Australia, extending the many partnerships already formed with state and federal health departments, non-government organisations, primary health care providers, the education sector and research bodies.
“The Award has given us the impetus to formally identify the key health issues for each organisation we are involved with, ensuring that we are jointly addressing these issues with our existing resources and capacity,” said Anne-Marie
The Aboriginal Maternal Services Support Unit’s inaugural Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health conference was held at the Duxton Hotel in June 2012.
The event was sponsored by the AMSSU in collaboration with Child and Adolescent Community Health and the Aboriginal Child Health Project and aimed to provide delegates with access to education, research, information and networking opportunities.
The theme for the conference was ‘Working Together to Close the Gap’ and included keynote and local speakers who shared their work, research and vision with the more than 200 delegates in attendance.