Maternity Shared Care

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Shared care is a joint arrangement to deliver maternity care between a General Practitioner (GP) and specialist obstetrician or hospital-based obstetric unit. Shared antenatal care is an option for women experiencing a low-risk pregnancy. In special circumstances, a high-risk woman may be accepted into a shared care program and would require close collaboration between her GP and the hospital.

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Advantages of shared care

The advantages of shared antenatal care are that:

  • it provides the woman with a convenient and familiar provider of antenatal care
  • GP visits cement continuity of care while ensuring hospital resources are used for secondary and tertiary care.

GPs participating in the Maternity Shared Care Alignment Program are expected to be familiar with guidelines and protocols and complete ongoing educational requirements. Brisbane South PHN is working in partnership with Mater Mothers’ Hospital and Metro South Health Services to conduct GP training seminars throughout the year.

Become a Shared Care GP

Brisbane South PHN, in partnership with Metro South Health, offers programs for GPs to provide shared antenatal care with Redland, Logan and Beaudesert Hospitals, and an affiliated pathway for GPs to practice shared antenatal care with the Mater Mothers’ Hospital (MHH).

GPs wishing to provide Shared Antenatal Care at MSHHS region hospitals or MMH are required to become aligned. There are a number of options to alignment including completion of a DRANZCOG, CWH, MMH or MSHSS Alignment 1.

GPs aligned with MMH who wish to provide care at a MSHHS hospital need to complete a short online bridging course, and vice versa.

Training updates

Mater Mothers Hospital (MMH) and Metro South Hospital and Health Service (MSHHS) are scheduled to deliver Alignment 1 (AM1) Maternity Shared Care workshops early next year.

GPs wishing to attend a Maternity Shared Care Alignment workshop must complete the RACGP Antenatal and Postnatal Shared Care Active Learning Module (ALM) as a prerequisite for attending. This course can be accessed through your RACGP account by:

1. Selecting My Account (gold box in top righthand corner)
2. Selecting ‘GP Learning 2020’ from dropdown box
3. Close popup box that may appear to welcome you to GP Learning
4. Searching for the ‘Antenatal and Postnatal’ ALM within Content Library.

GPs who have already completed an alignment with MMH can maintain alignment by attending other MMH programs, Alignment 2 or 3, or, one time only, by completing online realignment. For updates on MMH Maternity Shared Care course information, please click on the link below or contact mscadmin@mater.org.au.

Completing the MSHHS AM1 workshop will enable you to participate in the Maternity Shared Care Alignment Program with Logan, Redland and Beaudesert Hospitals, and provide a pathway to accessing MMH Online Bridging program.

GPs who undertake MMH alignment will soon be able to complete an online bridging course to become MSHHS aligned. This bridging program will be delivered via an interactive online learning module. GPs who are currently aligned with MMH will receive an email notification that the module is live and advised that they will be contacted by the Metro South Health Leap Online team who will offer the opportunity to register for the learning module, and the opportunity to be aligned across all Brisbane South Maternity Services. For more information please contact the GP Liaison Officer on the details below.

Program contacts


Metro South Health Maternity Shared Care Program

Contact
GP Liaison Officer – Maternity (Midwife and GP).
Phone: 07 3156 4336
Email: GPLO_Maternity_Share_Care@health.gov.au


Mater Health MSC clinical matters

Contact
GP Liaison Midwife
Phone: 07 3163 1500
Mobile: 0466 205 710
Email: GPL@mater.org.au

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