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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2497 ..


(1) What is the current total number of FTE midwives available for pre and postnatal care at Calvary Hospital and The Canberra Hospital.

(2) How many women are on a waiting list to see a midwife.

(3) For the last three financial years (a) how many pre and postnatal appointments were made with midwives each year, (b) how many births took place at Calvary and TCH each year, and (c) how many births took place at Calvary and TCH with no midwife present each year.

(4) What are the alternative services available for expectant mothers who are unable to access midwife care and how often were each accessed this last financial year?

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The total number of FTE midwives at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce is 35.85 This figure excludes casual staff.

The total number of FTE midwives at Canberra Health Services is 169.23. This figure excludes casual staff.

(2) There are 125 women waiting to see a midwife at Calvary Public Hospital Bruce, this includes women that have an appointment scheduled and women who are waiting for an appointment to be scheduled. While CHS records show that there were 533 women on the Continuity of Midwifery Care waiting list from 1 Jan 2021 - 30 June 2021, 503 of these women were already receiving care within the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children through a different model of care, with only 30 women awaiting the first visit with a care provider, due to being in early gestation.

Maternity Services at CHS provides a number of pregnancy care options, including General Practitioner Shared Care, Continuity of Midwifery Care, Maternity team Care, Fetal Medicine Unit Care and Specialist Team Care. Midwives support women during their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care, working collaboratively with medical and allied health staff as required.

(3) (a) Pre- and postnatal appointments with midwives

Calvary Public Hospital Bruce

Year

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Total Appointments

18,635

19,972

20,285

Total includes pre- and postnatal booked appointments and occasions of service with Midwives

Canberra Health Services

Year

2018-19

2019-20

2020-21

Total Appointments

34,509

40,960

44,513

Total includes pre- and postnatal booked appointments and occasions of service with Midwives


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