Lifecourse measures to evaluate the equity of cost and quality in public health midwifery models. [Poster]

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2011
Authors
Donnellan-Fernandez, Roslyn Elizabeth
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Government of South Australia Department of Health
Abstract
Economic evaluation and modeling to assess effect and cost in maternal and infant health outcomes across the lifecourse is underdeveloped and underutilized in the Australian policy context. This lies in stark contrast to current research, policy and practice development overseas (e.g. Birthplace Project 22). This poster explores the limitations of focusing on short term approaches to improving maternity services and systems. It proposes measures and indices to model and compare the longitudinal effects of quality and cost in relation to service models and maternal / infant outcomes that link them with important population health outcomes across the lifecourse. It proposes these are potent strategies to address disparities in population health equity, to effectively plan and implement improved maternity services and systems change, and to engage and effectively utilise current and future midwifery workforce as a public health strategy.
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Nursing, Midwifery, Public health, Birth
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Donnellan-Fernandez, R.E., 2011. Lifecourse measures to evaluate the equity of cost and quality in public health midwifery models. [Poster]. In Women and Birth. 2011: A Midwifery Odyssey, Australian College of Midwives 17th National Conference, p. S37.