Page 2979 - Week 09 - Thursday, 18 August 2005

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(3) What is the breakdown of the program’s client population by (a) age group, (b) geographic location or origin (home address), (c) first time birth or subsequent birth, (d) partnered or single and (e) cultural background or language group;

(4) How many women, on average, have been denied access to the CMP because it is operating at capacity on a monthly basis between January 2004 and May 2005;

(5) How many (a) inquiries, (b) registrations and (c) non acceptances have been made from or to potential clients who have contacted the CMP who are (i) 0-6, (ii) 7-14, (iii) 15-28 and (iv) 29-40 week pregnant;

(6) Is there currently a waiting list of women who are unable to access the CMP; if so, (a) how long is the waiting list and (b) is there a cut off point for women wishing to put their names down on the waiting list;

(7) Does CMP accord priority to some women over others; if so (a) what are the criteria, (b) who determines if clients meet the criteria and (c) how were the criteria originally determined;

(8) Does CMP operate from any other premise in Canberra other than the Birth Centre at The Canberra Hospital; if so, (a) from which premises and (b) what are the costs associated with this arrangement;

(9) Does the CMP website note that “We encourage women who feel particularly vulnerable to join our program.”, if so, how is this objective met;

(10) What is the number of women who have accessed the CMP and who have been identified as ‘vulnerable’ including why they were identified as vulnerable;

(11) Does CMP keep records on (a) clients who access CMP after leaving a domestic violence situation and (b) information on number of clients who report instances of domestic violence whilst pregnant and accessing CMP services;

(12) How many women registered with the Birth Centre have been transferred to the Delivery Suite at The Canberra Hospital in 2003-04 and 2004-05 because of (a) lack of capacity at the Birth Centre at the time of delivery and (b) birth complications during labour;

(13) How many women experiencing or suspected of experiencing post natal depression have been referred by CMP to the Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre in 2003-04 and 2004-05.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The current caseload for midwives working with the Canberra Midwifery Program (CMP) is 40 women per full time equivalent midwife.

(2) Data is collected on a calendar year basis by the CMP.

2001 – 517 babies born and women delivered

2002 – 542 babies born and women delivered

2003 – 547 babies born and 544 women delivered

2004 – 568 babies born and 562 women delivered

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