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Antenatal Shared Care Program

The Riverina Antenatal Shared Care Program aims to provide a high standard of pregnancy care for women giving birth in the Riverina. This program has developed as a result of collaboration between the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network, Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital and local GP Obstetrcians. The Antenatal Shared Care Program aims to:

  • Provide choice, continuity of care and greater accessibility for women by seeing their general practitioner during pregnancy
  • Enable general practitioners to provide a high standard of antenatal care to women who are suitable for antenatal shared care
  • Provide general practitioners with recommended 'best practice' standard for antenatal care
  • Provide clear referral pathways when low risk pregnancy deviate from normal

How can the ASC program help you?

The Antenatal (Pregnancy) Shared Care brochure provides:

  • Contact details for services to support women during pregnancy
  • an outline of recommended antenatal care, and
  • a list of GPs in the Riverina who have attended antenatal shared care training with the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network

Antenatal Shared Care Brochure Antenatal Shared Care Checklist

For Health Professionals

GPs who have patients that may deliver at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital can participate in an Antenatal Shared Care Orientation and Update workshop which is held annually by the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.

These workshops are designed to:

  • Provide familiarity with the Riverina Antenatal Shared Care Guidelines, Checklist and Options for Antenatal Shared Care brochure
  • Improve referral and communication processes between the GPs and the Maternity services at Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital
  • Inform GPs about public and private services available in the Riverina for maternity care
  • Provide GPs with the requirements for first trimester screening
  • Improve understanding of the diagnosis and management of common pregnancy complications such as hypertension and gestational diabetes

Numerous resources including guidelines, checklists, brochures and factsheets, can be found at the bottom of this page


Useful Links and Contacts


Achievements

  • The Antenatal Shared Care Program was established in early 2011, a collaborative effort between the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network and the Wagga Wagga Base Obstetricians and the Pregnancy Care & Education Centre
  • 43 GPs have attended 6 hours of training and are now listed as Antenatal Shared Care GPs on the Options for Antenatal Shared Care brochure
  • Antenatal Shared Care Guidelines and Antenatal Shared Care Checklist have been developed and distributed as part of the program. The program supports GP awareness of contemporary evidence-based guidelines produced by the Government of Australia Department of Health since 2012 - http://www.health.gov.au/antenatal

Contact

Toni Preuss
Manager Workforce Development
  (02) 6923 3108

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