Thursday, March 01, 2012

maternity services survey

This is a high priority request to any readers who have had a baby in Australia since November 2010, or who hope/plan to have a baby in the near future. 

Please click HERE and follow the survey process. The survey will close midnight Sunday the 4th of March 2012. [The survey will accept one response only from an individual]


Please tell the survey why you want to have your own midwife, plan homebirth, promote normal birth, or whatever is important to you. Also, if you have friends who you think could spare 10 minutes to complete the survey, please pass it on to them.

Background
In 2010 the Australian Government introduced a series of reforms to improve access and choice in maternity services for women in Australia. The Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) is now seeking feedback from women on what their experiences have been with recent maternity service arrangements and whether they are aware of the reforms that are in place. Your important feedback will help to shape the future of maternity services in Australia.
Healthcare Management Advisors (HMA) has been engaged by DoHA as an independent organisation to conduct and collate the results of this short survey (3-5 minutes). All your responses will come directly to HMA and will be summarised so as not to be identifiable in any reporting. A report will be provided to DoHA for consideration by the Minister for Health regarding future arrangements for maternity services in Australia.
This short survey can be accessed through the following link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HMAmaternitysurvey The survey will be open until Sunday the 4th of March 2012. Please contact Justine Irving at HMA on justineirving@hma.com.au or (08) 8168 8000 if you have any questions or if you would like to complete the short survey over the phone or in hard copy. On completion of the online survey you will be directed to the Australian Government Maternity Services Reform website (www.health.gov.au/maternity) where you can find additional information on these reforms.

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