Birthing on Country for the best start in life: Returning childbirth services back to Yolŋu mothers, babies and communities in East Arnhem, Northern Territory, 2020 Nhulunbuy Workshop Report

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Abstract

Australian First Nations women and babies experience profound maternal and infant health
inequities that are not improving in line with national targets. Yolŋu women from the East
Arnhem region in the Northern Territory experience some of most profound health and
structural inequities in all of Australia. The Nhulunbuy workshop was convened by the Caring
for Mum on Country project team to respond to the requests from Yolŋu women in Galiwin’ku
to engage with maternity service managers and clinicians about their community’s wishes for
future maternity services. Yolŋu women from Galiwin’ku, alongside researchers from the Molly
Wardaguga Research Centre, met with local and regional maternity service providers to
disseminate the findings of the Caring for Mum on Country project and to workshop the
possible redesign of maternity services. The Galiwin’ku community aims to be the national
‘very remote Birthing on Country exemplar demonstration site’. To achieve this service
redesign, a co-ordinated, collaborative, community-driven, participatory action research
approach will be necessary, using the RISE implementation framework, to better understand
what works for First Nations communities. Yolŋu women need to be supported in leading all
aspects of the redesign and to drive community engagement and participation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

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