Public home birth programs in Victoria

The Victorian Government has released a report about the implementation of public home birth programs that cites the evaluation conducted by Judith Lumley Centre as a key reason for the new policy.

The aim of the policy is to provide practical information to assist public health services to assess their capacity and capability to provide a safe, high quality and sustainable home birth program, and how to establish a service:

  • Implementing a public home birth program: guidance for Victorian public health services (available at the health.vic website).

"This guidance material was prepared by the Department of Health & Human Services based upon the available evidence drawn from large cohort studies and from evaluations of the public home birth programs currently operating in Australia. The guidance material also reflects the findings from an independent evaluation of the Victorian pilot of the public home birth program. This pilot was conducted from 2009 to 2012."

  • McLachlan H, Forster D, McKay H, Small R, Davey M-A, Cullinane F, Hseuh A, Newton M. Evaluation of Victorian homebirthing pilots: service impact of homebirthing services. Confidential Report. Melbourne: Victorian Department of Health; 2012.

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