This project aims to provide evidence on the costs of providing maternity care for low risk mothers in three different settings – hospital, birth centre, and home. This will provide health planners, policy makers and managers with the data they require to implement innovation in maternity service provision. We will focus on the costs of care in NSW using 10 years of linked data.
The project is collaboration between the CMCFH, the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE) at UTS (Prof Rosalie Viney) and Western Sydney University (Prof Hannah Dahlen, Dr Charlene Thornton).
The first publication from this project, entitled Costing Alternative Birth Settings for Women at Low Risk of Complications: A Systematic Review was published in February 2016.