Maternity Shared Care

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.

Please note: Training is currently on hold due to COVID-19.

Program contacts

Metro South Health Maternity Shared Care Program

GP Liaison Officer – Maternity (Midwife and GP).
Phone: 07 3156 4336

Mater Health MSC clinical matters

GP Liaison Midwife
Phone: 07 3163 1500
Mobile: 0466 205 710

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