Research Article| Volume 23, ISSUE 4, P367-372, December 2016

The WA Goldfields Aboriginal Community Antenatal Program—A community midwifery initiative

  • Ailsa Munns
    Corresponding author.
    RN RM CHN Bachelor Applied Science (Nursing) (Education Major), Master Nursing, Lecturer & Course Coordinator Postgraduate Child and Adolescent Health Programs School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Curtin University, WA, Australia
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  • Anne Mahony
    Doctor of Philosophy (Indigenous Child Health), Bachelor of Nursing (Hons), Graduate Certificate Tropical Community Medicine and Health Director Population Health (Ret’d), WA Country Health Service – Goldfields, 36-42 Ware Street, Boulder, WA 6432., Locked Bag 3, Kalgoorlie WA 6433, Australia
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  • Karine Miller
    RN RM CHN Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Graduate Diploma Nursing Education; Post Graduate Diploma Clinical Nursing (Midwifery), Masters in Nursing (Community Practice) FCNA, Coordinator Community Nursing/Programs WA Country Health Service – Goldfields, 36-42 Ware Street, Boulder, WA 6432, Locked Bag 3, Kalgoorlie WA 6433, Australia
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  • Anna Whitehead
    RN RM Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate Disaster and Refugee Health, Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, Master Public Health Sunshine Hospital, Western Health, Victoria, Australia
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      To investigate the acceptability and satisfaction with the Aboriginal Community Antenatal Program by staff in the program and partner agencies.


      A Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats framework guided the research and data collection methods. Mixed methodology was used, accessing qualitative and quantitative information from data bases, program and supporting agency staff. Quantitative data were analysed through a social sciences statistical package. Qualitative data were identified through questionnaires and analysed using thematic analysis.


      Remote Aboriginal communities in the Goldfields region of Western Australia.

      Participant sources

      Twenty two participants including program and supporting agency staff.

      Main outcome measures

      This study measures acceptability and satisfaction of program antenatal and pre-conception activities by program staff and partner agencies.


      Qualitative results indicate acceptability and satisfaction with the program, identifying a range of organisational, staffing, cultural and interagency issues relating to a model of service provision. Quantitative data suggested positive program outputs from service delivery.


      Findings suggest the Aboriginal Community Antenatal Program and partner agencies are increasing provision of community based pre-conception and antenatal health services and enhancing collaboration between a range of health provider agencies, with partnerships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal program staff contributing to an emerging model of community antenatal care.


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