Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Health

JLC has had a long-held commitment to reducing the substantial health inequities experienced by Aboriginal people. The perinatal period offers a unique window of opportunity to address these inequities. In 2015, we were awarded a large NHMRC Partnership grant to undertake our first large scale project to improve the health of Aboriginal mothers and their babies.

In 2017, JLC was very pleased to welcome Catherine Chamberlain to JLC. Cath was successful in receiving funding for the ‘Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future’ project which aims to prevent the intergenerational transmission of trauma, recognising the transition to parenthood as an opportunity for healing and growth.

Healing the past by nurturing the future

Co-designing perinatal awareness, recognition, assessment and support strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander parents experiencing complex childhood trauma

In partnership with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (Alice Springs), Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (South Australia), the Royal Women’s Hospital and Bouverie Family Healing Centre (Melbourne), we are undertaking a four year Lowitja Institute and NHMRC funded community-based participatory action research study which aims to co-design acceptable and feasible perinatal awareness, recognition, assessment and support strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents experiencing complex childhood trauma.

Healing the past by nurturing the future website

Woman’s Journey: Baggarrook Yurrongi, Nurragh Manma Buliana

Improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and babies through midwifery continuity of care

This is a 5-year NHMRC funded Partnership Project with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Mercy Hospital for Women, Sunshine Hospital (Western Health) and Goulburn Valley Health. The primary aim is to explore the capacity of maternity services to implement a new, culturally safe model of care for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women (or women having an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander baby). Women are proactively offered ‘caseload' midwifery: they receive continuity of care from a primary midwife through pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum. The study is also exploring the effect of the model on perinatal outcomes for Aboriginal women and their infants, women's experiences of care as well as midwives' views and experiences.

Woman's Journey Website