The Birth Unit Design (BUD) Project is an ongoing program of work designed to examine the design of maternity units. Many maternity units in Australia are currently undergoing or planning rebuilding projects to modernise existing birthing facilities. New insights emerging from an increased understanding of how the birth environment impacts on maternal anxiety and physiology and subsequent childbirth outcomes can be incorporated into a set of design principles that need to be considered for optimising the healthy aspects of birth settings.
The Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System (AMOSS) is led by Professor Elizabeth Sullivan (Faculty of Health). The project initially collected data on severe obstetric conditions and interventions, including eclampsia, embolisms, morbid obesity, severe haemorrhage and emergency hysterectomy. The most recent study that includes the CMCFH is a study of the experiences of midwives and obstetricians in relation to Vasa Previa. This aspect is being led by a PhD student Nasrin Javid.
Midwifery in the South Pacific – A snapshot gap analysis of education, regulation and professional association
The aim of this gap analysis is to explore the current situation of the education, regulation and association of midwives in 12 Pacific countries and determine the gaps in these three pillars of midwifery. Education, regulation and association are known by the International Confederation of Midwives as the three pillars of midwifery. By identifying the current condition both at national and regional levels in these Pacific countries, attention will be drawn the gaps that need to be addressed at country level to address maternal and newborn health services.
Using Data and Evidence to Improve Maternal and Newborn Health in PNG
The overall objective of this program is to deliver new knowledge that will improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) in PNG and provide evidence that will have relevance in similar countries. We undertook a number of studies that have been produced as policy briefs including estimating the potential maternal, fetal and neonatal deaths averted and the costs under different scenarios of coverage of midwifery in PNG from 2010-2025 and mapping the policy and other changes that have taken place in PNG over the last 20 years.
Evaluation of the Reproductive Health Training Unit (PNG)
Professor Caroline Homer is part of the team in the UTS WHO Collaborating Centre contracted to undertake the monitoring and evaluation of the PNG Reproductive Health Training Unit (RHTU). The PNG Reproductive Health Training Unit is a novel public-private health education partnership intended to assist interested provinces to improve reproductive health service delivery and indicators. It is being established in phases at the request of the National Department of Health to develop and deliver PNG-contextualized Reproductive Health in-service training for their health workers, as well as RH educators (pre-service, post-graduate and in-service educators).
Paediatric International Nursing Study (PINS): Promoting person centred practice within children’s hospital services through the use of key performance indicators
The aim of PINS is to explore the utility of a set of eight key performance indicators (KPIs) which were developed by nurses, midwifes and patients and a related measurement framework in supporting the development of person-centred practice across a range of services provided to sick children.
The Tresillian component of this project is supporting the introduction of team nursing using practice development within the residential units.
The study is being conducted in a range of children’s units and hospitals in Australia (six sites in three states) and Europe (seven sites in four countries) and is a collaboration between Ulster University (Professor Tanya McCance) and UTS (Professor Val Wilson).
UTS team involved: Cathrine Fowler, Val Wilson, Nicole Pesa and Tanya McCance (UU)
Emergency Contraception Project
The aim of this project was to generate new knowledge to address reproductive health through collaborative research with the University of Health Sciences (UHS) and National Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Cambodia to assess the feasibility of expanded access to emergency contraception pills (ECP) in the public system.
UTS team involved: Angela Dawson
Conducting a Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health Workforce Assessment
This project was supported through ICS Integrare/UNFPA. The UTS team were asked to assist with the development of a Handbook that explains clearly and comprehensively the methodology which will enable countries to better understand and present their workforce data, fill in any gaps in those data, and conduct evidence-based policy and planning for their sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health (SRMNAH) workforce. The Handbook (PDF, 2.98 MB) was launched in 2015.