Maternity and Neonatal

The Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network (SMNCN) was established in 2007 to provide expert advice to Queensland Health and other bodies on a range of maternity and neonatal service issues and activities across Queensland. The network comprises multidisciplinary representation from obstetrics, midwifery, neonatology, allied health, tertiary and non-government agencies, general practice, public health, Indigenous Australians and consumers from across the state.

The SMNCN works in collaboration with Quality Maternal and Perinatal Quality Council (QMPQC), Child and Youth Clinical Network, Rural and Remote Clinical Network, the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Service (PSQIS), Mental Health Commission, and the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer to improve maternity and neonatal care and services throughout Queensland.

The steering committee is chaired by Associate Professor Rebecca Kimble, Staff Specialist, Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Metro North Hospital and Health Service.

The role of the network

  • Consumers and/or carers are supported to actively participate in open, honest shared decision making for the improvement of patient experience and patient health outcomes.
  • Provision of expertise, direction and advice to all Queensland healthcare providers and the Department of Health in relation to maternity and neonatal care.
  • Clinical leadership is fostered and encouraged.
  • Strategic oversight of Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical documents by providing advice as requested on behalf of the Department of the Health.
  • Expertise, direction and advice to healthcare administrators, planners, the Department of Health and government.

Current priorities

  • Support women’s perinatal mental health with the Perinatal Mental Health Peer Support Project by providing strategic oversight of Perinatal Mental Health and Wellness Project which contributes to the development of a perinatal mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention service model.
  • Support Queensland Neonatal Services Advisory Group to provide expertise, direction and advice to in relation to immediate, long term and sustainable solutions to relieve pressure on Neonatal Intensive Care Services and Special Care Nursery Services statewide.
  • Support the Statewide Neonatal Planning Project / High Complex Services Planning Framework to complete a review of the location and use of neonatal cots across Queensland to maximise appropriate care for sick infants.
  • Standardise and improve care for mothers and babies through development of clinical guidelines by providing strategic oversight of Queensland Clinical Guidelines Program to develop, endorse and implement electronically published evidence based clinical guidelines.
  • Strategic oversight of the Midwifery Leadership Advisory Group which provides expertise, direction and advice to the Statewide Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network in relation to immediate and longer term solutions for Queensland midwifery services.

Key initiatives

Contact us

Phone: +61 7 3328 9302
Postal Address: GPO Box 48, Brisbane 4001

Last updated: 8 July 2019