The Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network Forum, held on 1–2 November 2018, had more than 150 clinicians and healthcare leaders from across Queensland in attendance. The forum’s key themes were:
- perinatal mental health
- caring for babies born extremely premature (23 or 24 weeks gestational age)
- the shared outcomes of the statewide program of work initiated at the 2016 Maternity Services Forum.
The strategic direction and priorities for mental health were outlined in Ivan Frkovic’s, the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner, keynote speech ahead of the release of the Commission’s plan for mental health in Queensland. Implications for perinatal mental health and future investment were the focus of his speech.
Dr John Wakefield, Deputy Director-General Clinical Excellence Division, discussed the implementation and service implications of the Termination of Pregnancy Act 2018 in his keynote speech. The Act, which comes into effect on 3 December 2018, removes termination of pregnancy from the Queensland criminal code. It allows termination to be considered as a health matter. Hospital and Health Services will be responsible for providing consumers with clear pathways to access services. Amendments to the Queensland Clinical Guideline and information for service providers, clinicians, and consumers are being developed to support the implementation.
Caring for babies born extremely premature (23 or 24 weeks gestational age) and perinatal mental health were both explored during the 2 panels sessions. The panels, consisting of consumers and clinicians, explored service challenges and approaches to care for each topic.
Associate Professor Rebecca Kimble, Chair of the Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network, provided a summary of Queensland’s performance against national indicators. Assoc. Prof. Kimble also outlined the substantial contributions of the network’s members to statewide service improvement via the steering committee and multiple sub-groups and projects.
We also celebrated 10 years of outstanding statewide improvement to statewide quality and safety, and standardisation of care through the work of Queensland Clinical Guidelines (QCG). QCG is internationally recognised for providing quality, evidence-informed statewide guidelines, education and consumer information.
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Contact Brent Knack, Co-ordinator Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network, at Statewide_Maternity__Neonatal_Network@health.qld.gov.au or visit the Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network website.
Dr John Wakefield, Jacinta Lee and Assoc. Prof. Rebecca Kimble at the Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network Forum