Woman’s Journey: Baggarrook Yurrongi, Nurragh Manma Buliana
The overarching aim of this project 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).
Caseload midwifery is a type of maternity care, where women have continuity of care from a ‘known’ midwife during pregnancy, labour, birth and postpartum. It is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ in maternity care, and it is associated with better clinical and psychosocial outcomes for women and their newborns. Prior to the commencement of this partnership project, only small numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women having a baby in Victoria had access to this model of care.
Other aims of the project are to assess model implementation; women’s views, experiences and outcomes; and the sustainability of, and impact of, the caseload model within the organisations.
This project is a collaborative partnership project developed over a number of years, with each of the six partner organisations having significant input and ‘buy in’. Since funding commenced in 2016, collaborators from each of the four participating health services have been meeting regularly with their working group members. Engagement with all key stakeholders has been a critical aspect of the project. La Trobe’s partnership with VACCHO has been a key driver, and has ensured high level input both in the development and implementation of this work.
Other ongoing key aspects of this project include Aboriginal community leadership on the investigator team and the establishment of an Aboriginal Advisory Committee to provide cultural guidance and oversight, and promote community engagement regarding the project.
This project has been iterative, and we remain committed to this approach; models such as these can only succeed if they are based on the needs of Aboriginal women and their communities, and ongoing consultation is a critical part of this work.
'Baggarrook Yurrongi' 'Nuraagh Manma Buliana'
Thank you to Wurundjeri and Yorta Yorta elders, who following consultations about the project, named it “Baggarrook Yurrongi” (Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people) meaning ‘Woman’s Journey’. In Yorta Yorta, the name is ‘Nuraagh Manma Buliana’ meaning ‘All of us working together for pregnancy”.
The partners in this research project are:
Helen L McLachlan, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Della A Forster, La Trobe University, Melbourne; The Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville
Sue Kildea, Charles Darwin University, Brisbane
Jane Freemantle, University of Melbourne, Shepparton
Jennifer Browne, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Collingwood
Jeremy Oats, University of Melbourne, Parkville
Michelle Newton, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Marika Jackomos, Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg
Jacqueline Watkins, Western Health, St Albans
Simone Andy, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Collingwood
Sue Jacobs, The Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville
Ngaree Blow, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville
Karyn Ferguson, University of Melbourne, Shepparton
Catherine Chamberlain, La Trobe University, Melbourne
Susan Donath, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Parkville [SP: is that correct that she is at MCRI????]
Lisa Gold, Deakin University, Burwood
Jenny Ryan, The Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville
Fiona McLardie-Hore, La Trobe University, Melbourne; The Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville
Pam McCalman, La Trobe University, Melbourne; The Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville
This Partnership Project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The project is due to conclude in 2021.
Image credit: Birthing Tree, ink on paper, 2018, Shawana Andrews.
This image is the official artwork for the project and it represents Aboriginal pregnancy and birthing with support and trust.
The tree's branch and leaves curve to represent the 'holding' of women through their pregnancy and birthing experience. The flowing water represents ancestors past and the rivers Dunghala and Birrarung on Yorta Yorta and Wurundjeri country, respectively, to acknowledge the project's place. The circles represent baby and generations to come.