Maternity Shared Care
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Shared care is a joint arrangement to provide 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 (MSH), 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 MSH region hospitals or MMH are required to become aligned. There are a number of options to alignment including completion of a DRANZCOG, Certificate of Women’s Health, MMH or MSH Alignment 1.
Completing the MSH Alignment 1 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 the MMH Online Bridging program.
GPs who have already completed an alignment with MMH can maintain alignment by attending other MMH programs, Alignment 2 or 3. For updates on MMH Maternity Shared Care course information, please click on the link below.
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 right-hand 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.
Maternity Shared Care Online Bridging Program
The GP Maternity Shared Care team at Metro South Health also offer the MSH GP Maternity Shared Care Online Bridging Program. The program is delivered via an interactive online learning module, and is available to all GPs who are currently aligned to provide GP Maternity Shared Care at MMH and wish to align with MSH.
GPs aligned with MMH 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. The module will take approximately 1- 1 ½ hours to complete. Once complete, GPs will receive notice of completion which can be claimed as Continuing Professional Development (CPD), logged through the RACGP member portal or other associations.
For more information please contact the GP Liaison Officer on the details below.
Useful links and resources
- South Brisbane Antenatal Shared Care Summary
- Pregnancy Checklist June 2020
- Brisbane South PHN Seminar AM1 November 2020 Logan/Beaudesert Hospitals PowerPoint
- Brisbane South PHN Seminar AM1 June 2019 Logan/ Beaudesert Hospitals PowerPoint
- Refer Your Patient Antenatal and Maternity – Metro South Health
- Public hospital care options – Metro South Health
- GP Maternity Shared Care Alignment – Mater Health
- Perinatal Mental Health Service – Metro South Health
- Centre of Perinatal Excellence (COPE)
- Brisbane South PHN multicultural health resources
- Maternity Matters
- Antenatal Shared Care during COVID-19
- South Brisbane Antenatal Shared Care Summary
- Thyroid management in pregnancy flow chart
- Maternity Patient – Iron Handout
- Pregnancy weight gain chart for BMI 25kg/m or over
- Pregnancy weight gain chart for BMI less than 25kg/m2
- Women want to know campaign order – information for health professionals on pregnancy and alcohol
- Information for health professionals on assessing alcohol consumption in pregnancy using AUDIT-C
- Perinatal Mental Service Metro South Health
- Refugee Health Connect
- Fact Sheet – Child Health Service (drop-in clinics)
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