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 (MMH).
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 seminar. GPs must complete the RACGP Antenatal and Postnatal Shared Care gplearning module as a prerequisite for attending an Alignment 1 seminar.
The Maternity Shared Care alignment seminars are updated regularly to support GPs provide safe and contemporaneous maternity care for women and families in Brisbane south.
Completing the MSH Alignment 1 seminar 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.
Alignment with MSH will be compulsory by June 2022. From this time, participation in shared arrangements to care for your pregnant patients will only be available for aligned GPs.
GPs must maintain alignment every three years. The alignment options flow-charts linked above outline the different pathways available to GPs to maintain alignment with MMH and MSH.
GPs who have already completed an alignment with MMH can maintain alignment by attending other MMH programs, Alignment 2 or 3.
The MSH Maternity Shared Care team are planning to develop an Alignment 2 and subsequently an Alignment 3 seminar option over the next year which will extend GP knowledge of maternity care.
Please click the link below for MMH Maternity Shared Care course information, upcoming dates, and to register.
The MSH alignment seminars are delivered bi-monthly. The MSH Maternity Shared Care program team alternate between virtual and face-to-face events, and will advertise and accept registrations 6-8 weeks prior on the Brisbane South PHN Education Calendar linked below. For more information, or to request to be placed on a waitlist for an Alignment 1 seminar, contact the Brisbane South PHN Education Team.
GPs can contact the MSH Maternity GPLO or the MMH GP Liaison Midwife on the details below to confirm their alignment status, and discuss options of becoming aligned or re-aligned with the respective alignment programs.
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.
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. To access the MSH GP Maternity Shared Care Online Bridging Program, please complete the expression of interest form.
For more information please contact the GP Liaison Officer on the details below.
Useful links and resources
Education event presentations
- Brisbane South PHN Seminar AM1 November 2020 Logan/Beaudesert Hospitals PowerPoint
- Brisbane South PHN Seminar AM1 June 2019 Logan/ Beaudesert Hospitals PowerPoint
- Metro South Health Maternity Shared Care Online Bridging Program Presentation
- Brisbane South PHN Seminar AM1 March 2021 Logan/Beaudesert Hospitals PowerPoint Part 1
- Brisbane South PHN Seminar AM1 March 2021 Logan/Beaudesert Hospitals PowerPoint Part 2
- Brisbane South PHN Seminar AM1 May 2021 Redlands Hospital
- Brisbane South PHN Seminar AM1 July 2021 Logan/Beaudesert Hospital
- 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
- Brisbane South 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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