Published on 8 May 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast has opened a new Collaborative Midwifery Clinic in partnership with the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.
Bronwyn Doyle, Midwife and Project Manager of the refurbishment project, said the clinic was already attracting high interest from the community in its first month of operation.
She said the project included the secondment of a Queensland Health Midwifery Clinical Facilitator to set up the new service on the first level of USC’s Health and Sport Centre, which recently had a $109,000 refurbishment.
The clinic provides antenatal care, including midwifery checks and health information, for mothers-to-be booked into the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.
Ms Doyle said USC academics who are also midwives practise at the clinic while students of USC’s Midwifery degrees gain much-needed clinical experience.
“It’s giving our students opportunities on campus to learn from academic professionals in a real-life setting,” she said.
“It also helps the University engage further with the community and fill a gap in health care provision.”
Pregnant women can receive antenatal care through a variety of programs at the Collaborative Midwifery Clinic.
One example is ‘Expecting and Connecting’, an innovative group approach combining regular antenatal check-ups with midwives and education about pregnancy, birth and parenting.
Participants can benefit from the extra support of a USC student midwife during the pregnancy, birth and post-natal period.
Members of the community wanting to book into the new clinic can call Nambour General Hospital Antenatal Clinic on 5470 6701.
This project was possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia, an Australian Government initiative.
— Julie Schomberg