Logan Community Maternity and Child Health Hubs
Last week local Member and Queensland Minster for Health, the Hon. Cameron Dick announced a long-term funding package to expand the range of maternity services in Logan. The funding will see the development of a long-term relationship-based community midwifery program, with an initial six midwives appointed to support expecting mums. This will take place at selected ‘community hubs’ across the city with wrap around services from community partners.
Many Logan locals have worked tirelessly with Queensland Health, Logan Hospital, Griffith Uni and dozens of local providers to get this initiative to this point.
The project commenced in 2015 where community-wide consultations were held with a focus on improving outcomes for children aged 0-8 years. One of the major themes was improving the support options for Logan mums and babies during pregnancy.
Following this, a group of people came together to focus on improving care and maternity service access for about 500-600 women who are accessing little care during and after pregnancy.
Metro South Health, Brisbane South PHN, Communities for Children, Griffith University academics, community and cultural groups and local Mums and Dads were amongst this group of people. This was the beginning of the Logan Together maternity project group!
Around 500 women and over 20 service organisations engaged in the design process.
A big thank you and congratulations to everyone involved, particularly the core group of mums, dads and local advocates who volunteered their time from day 1. This wouldn’t have been possible without your tireless work.
We can’t wait to see the program in action, and we’ll bring you more details on the implementation approach as soon as we can.
A broad-based oversight committee with guide the project as it develops.