Mother, Daughter and Childs Daughter

Women and Newborn Health Service

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King Edward Memorial Hospital

Statewide Obstetric Support Unit

Maternity Policy

Improving Maternity Services Policy Framework
This framework was launched on 16 January 2008 and will guide the development of maternity services over the next five years.

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Clinical Guidelines

KEMH clinical guidelines for obstetrics and neonatology

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Medical Bodies

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia (AHCWA)
AHCWA was incorporated under the Commonwealth Corporations Law in early 2005, replacing the Western Australian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation as WA's peak body for 19 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs). ACCHSs are also known as Aboriginal Medical Services.

The Australia Nursing and Midwifery Council Incorporated (ANMC) is a peak body established in 1992 to facilitate a national approach to nursing and midwifery regulation. The ANMC works with state and territory Nursing and Midwifery Regulatory Authorities (NMRA) in evolving standards for statutory nursing and midwifery regulation. These standards are flexible, effective and responsive to the health care requirements of the Australian population. The ANMC is also an authorised assessing authority for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and undertakes skills assessments of internationally qualified nurses and midwives seeking permanent migration in Australia.

APCHN WA Inc (Association of Paediatric and Child Health Nurses, WA)
The Association of Paediatric and Child Health Nurses (APCHN WA Inc) was formed in 1991, using the Dorothy Clarke Nursing Fund as a basis. It is also a member of the Australian Confederation of Paediatric and Child Health Nurses (ACPCHN). The vision of APCHN WA Inc is to be a strong, integrated body in promoting paediatric and child health nursing.

Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
National, not-for-profit organisation that serves as the peak professional body for midwives. It provides a unified political voice for the midwifery profession, supports midwives to reach their full potential, and sets professional practice and education standards.

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)
ACRRM is the professional organisation for Rural and Remote Medicine (RRM) education and training in Australia. Members are committed to providing the highest quality of medical care to patients in regional, rural and remote communities throughout Australia.

Australian General Practice Network (AGPN)
AGPN represents a network of 115 local organisations (Divisions) as well as eight state-based entities. More than 90 percent of GPs and an increasing number of practice nurses and allied health professionals are members of their local Division. The Network is involved in a wide range of activities including health promotion, early intervention and prevention strategies, chronic disease management, medical education and workforce support.

Australian Health Map (ABC Health & Wellbeing)
State-by-state guide to health resources, statistics and information.

Australian Medical Association (AMA)
Independent organisation which represents more than 26,000 doctors, whether salaried or in private practice, whether general practitioners, specialists, teachers, researchers or young doctors.

Australian Medical Association (WA)
AMA (WA) represents and serves the medical profession collectively and individually, to promote the health interests of the people of Western Australia.

Australian Medical Council (AMC)
Independent national standards body for medical education and training.

Australian Rural Nurses and Midwives
The Australian Rural Nurses & Midwives (ARNM) aims to promote quality health care through excellence in rural nursing and midwifery practice and by supporting nurses and midwives in the development and delivery of healthcare services in rural Australia.

Community Health Nurses, WA
Community Health Nurses Western Australia (CHNWA) is an organisation for Community Health Nurses and interested parties. CHNWA's objectives are to uphold, protect and advance the interests of Community Health Nurses. We do this through initiating measures which will ensure high standards of nursing knowledge and practice by its members.

CRANA (College of Remote Area Nurses Australia) was founded in 1983 when 130 Remote Area Nurses from across Australia came together in Alice Springs to put Remote Health Issues on the national agenda. General concern about the poor health status of people who live in remote areas and the inequities, quality and accessibility in services available to these Australians was and remains the catalyst for action. CRANA's aim is to promote the development and delivery of safe, high quality health care to remote areas of Australia.

Department of Health, WA
Western Australia's public health system aims to ensure healthier, longer and better lives for all Western Australians and to protect the health of our community by providing a safe, high quality, accountable and sustainable health care system. WA Health is entering one of the most exciting and challenging decades of service provision in our State's history. In March 2004, the Health Reform Committee put forward 86 recommendations in their final report (Reid report) outlining major improvements to be made to the public health system in WA. The Government endorsed 85 recommendations and established the Health Reform Implementation Taskforce (HRIT) to implement the recommendations.

Doctor Connect
A must read for any international medical graduate considering working in Australia.

Medical Board of Western Australia
Medical practitioners seeking information on registration in Western Australia can download application forms (where applicable). Overseas practitioners will also be able to access information on how to obtain registration in Western Australia.

Medicare Australia
Medicare Australia is an Australian government agency integral to the Australian health sector. Its health programs include: Australia's universal health insurance program; Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme; Australian Government 30% Private Health Insurance Rebate; Australian Childhood Immunisation Register; General Practice Immunisation Incentives Scheme; Practice Incentives Program; Rural Retention Program; HECS Reimbursement Scheme; and General Practice Registrars' Rural Incentive Payments Scheme

More Docs for Outer Metro Scheme
This scheme is coordinated by the Australian Government and provides funding to eligible doctors to establish their private practices in certain outer metro areas.

National Rural Faculty (RACGP)
Since its inception 10 years ago, the National Rural Faculty within the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has been a progressive, dynamic and innovative Faculty, representing over 5000 members.

National Rural Health Alliance Inc (NRHA)
Peak body working to improve the health of Australians in rural and remote areas. It is comprised of 27 Member Bodies, representing both health consumers and service providers in non-metropolitan areas.

Nurses and Midwives' Board of Western Australia
As the authority responsible for licensing nurses and midwives in this State, the Nurses and Midwives Board of Western Australia has a mandate to ensure nurses and midwives maintain their competence to practice in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council's National Competencies for registered and enrolled nurses, midwives, and Nurse Practitioners.

Office of Aboriginal Health
The Office of Aboriginal Health works in partnership with Aboriginal communities and health service providers to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people receive culturally appropriate health care that meets their needs.

Office of Safety and Quality
The Office of Safety and Quality in Healthcare staff are committed to working with and sharing ideas, creativity and information in order to make health care safer and better for our patients and the community.

Office of the Chief Nursing Officer WA
The Office of the Chief Nursing Officer, Adjunct Professor Dr Phillip Della, is responsible for the provision of leadership, advice, information and guidance on all issues relating to nursing and midwifery professions in Western Australia. Together with his staff the Office leads innovation in nursing and midwifery policy and practice to ensure optimal clinical outcomes. The Office of the Chief Nursing Officer is a directorate within the Office of the Chief Clinical Advisers in the Department of Health in Western Australia.

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Professional organisation focusing on the safety and quality of general practice.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)
Dedicated to maintaining the highest possible standards in obstetrics and gynaecology in Australia and New Zealand. This site includes links to educational events such as The Fetal Surveillance Education Program (FSEP) which aims to deliver excellence in CTG education. Support for overseas-trained specialists.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA)
Large, not-for-profit aerial medical service operating in Western Australia, which is approximately over one third of the Australian continent.

Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA)
Formed in 1991 to give rural doctors a national voice and provide advocacy and support to practitioners, policy development, research, submissions and strategic advice on relevant issues. In 1996, in response to demand from rural doctors and trainees, RDAA created the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM), a separate organisation to look after standards, training and continuing medical education for rural doctors.

Rural Health West
Trading name for the Western Australian Centre for Remote and Rural Medicine Ltd, a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation ensuring that the health needs of rural Western Australians are met by a high-quality, sustainable health workforce.

WA Country Health Service (WACHS)
Single biggest Area Health Service in WA, and the largest country health system in Australia. It services an area of some 2.55 million square kilometres with a combined regional population of 454,000 people (almost a third of the State's population), including 44,900 Aboriginal people (around 10% of the State's total population). * WACHS aims to provide a robust, sustainable and high quality system of health service delivery that can meet the diverse and contemporary health needs of consumers in regional WA.

Western Australian General Practice Education and Training (WAGPET)
Alliance of 19 GP members, representing rural and urban stakeholders that, in contract with General Practice Education and Training (GPET), the national body governing GP training, will deliver GP training in WA.

Western Australian General Practice Network
State-based infrastructure to support General Practice through the GP Networks in Western Australia.

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Educational Institutions

Curtin University of Technology
Curtin University is committed to providing regional education within Western Australia through campuses and education centres spread across the state including Esperance, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Margaret River, Northam, Port Hedland and Albany. Curtin University has a long-standing commitment to indigenous education and culture and is widely recognised for the practical and applied nature of its courses.

Edith Cowan University
Western Australia's second largest university with approximately 23,000 students, including in excess of 3,000 students originating from more than 80 countries. ECU is located in Perth.

Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health (CUCRH)
One of a national network of University Departments of Rural Health funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. CUCRH is managed by a consortium of Curtin University of Technology, Edith Cowan University and The University of Western Australia. PO Box 109,Geraldton, WA 6531

TAFE WA offers training courses for Enrolled nurses, Nursing Assistants and Aboriginal health workers.

The University of Notre Dame Australia - Fremantle Campus
Located in Fremantle, the University has strong international links, in particular with the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA. The University is highly regarded for its excellent undergraduate education, its high quality professional training in such key areas as accounting, law, medicine, nursing, health sciences, physiotherapy, teaching, counselling and behavioural science.

The University of Western Australia (UWA)
Leading Australian research university with an international reputation for excellence, innovation and enterprise. "Data show that the proportion of UWA graduates accepted into full-time employment within five months of completing their course is the highest of all Western Australian universities and among the highest in Australia."
Active program to recruit students to rural careers in medicine.

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Patient Support Agencies

Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA)
Independent organisation of people interested in the promotion and protection of breastfeeding.

Breast Feeding Centre of WA
Available for mothers and babies who attended King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women for their pregnancy and birth.

Pastoral Care Services at KEMH
A range of pastoral, spiritual and ritual support options for those who experience the loss of a pregnancy or loss of a baby.

Provides emotional support service for those experiencing a stillbirth, infant or child death.

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