Maternal and infant welfare

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Working paper

12 Feb 2018

This working paper presents findings of Stage 3 and 4 of the National Maternity Data Development Project, which was established in response to the National Maternity Services Plan.


8 Dec 2017

The maternal mortality rate in Australia in 2012–2014 was 6.8 deaths per 100,000 women giving birth, which is among the lowest rates in the world.

Audio program

10 Nov 2017

The longest running cohort study of aboriginal health will be continued thanks to $12 million dollar cash injection by the National Health and Medical Research Council.


26 Oct 2017

Australia’s mothers and babies 2015—in brief presents key statistics and trends on pregnancy and childbirth of mothers, and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies.

Policy report

22 Oct 2017

This study aimed to provide a better understanding of the concerns being raised to the Department of Child Protection about unborn children, to examine patterns of risk factors, to identify subsequent child protection involvement for these children, and to study patterns in the data to...


18 Jun 2017

The physical and social factors related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including obesity, noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or type 2 diabetes, ischemic heart disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome and some cancers, are multifaceted and complex (Ministry of Health [MoH], 2012a, 2012b, 2012c). One factor that may contribute to...

Journal article

1 Jun 2017

Infant feeding practices are known to influence the child’s long-term health. Studies have associated obesity and other diseases with reduced breastfeeding and early introduction of high calorie beverages (HCBs).

Research report

1 Mar 2017

Provides detailed information about the experiences of care for women during various stages of the maternity journey, highlighting where NSW performs well, and potential areas for improvement.

Key Findings:

1) A statewide survey of 4,739 women who gave birth in a NSW...

Journal article

23 Jan 2017



Dietary intake of pregnant women do not appear to meet the dietary recommendations. Nutrition knowledge and practices of pregnant women and their antenatal care clinicians are factors that may be influential on dietary intakes of pregnant women.



Research report

25 Nov 2016

Presents key statistics and trends on pregnancy and childbirth of mothers, and the characteristics and outcomes of their babies.

Research report

14 Oct 2016

The review was a detailed and extensive analysis into how the Department of Health & Human Services oversees and supports quality and safety of care across the Victorian hospital system.

It consulted widely, seeking the views and experiences of patients, clinicians, hospital managers and...


19 May 2016

In recent years there has been a significant volume of research into the nature, development and functioning of the brain; this has helped created new knowledge about the extent of neuroplasticity, and the role that emotions play in neurodevelopment. This research has significant implications for...


1 Jan 2016

This thesis uses a complexity thinking approach to investigate the implementation of development strategies to improve maternal health taking the province of East New Britain, in Papua New Guinea, as a case study. A key global strategy for improving maternal and neonatal health is that...

Research report

26 Sep 2015

This is the fifth Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH; the Partnership) annual accountability report.

It presents the final update on financial commitments to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-2015) and looks ahead to the implementation of its successor,...

Research report

2 Sep 2015

This report presents findings on the impact of maternity quality and safety programmes in New Zealand.


Local maternity quality and safety programmes have been operating in each district health board (DHB) since 2012 and have raised the profile of maternity quality...

Literature review

30 Jun 2015

This review examined the evidence for risks associated with assisted reproductive technology (ART). The published research does not currently allow for the estimation of the net effect of ART on pregnancy, maternal and neonatal outcomes. The best available evidence indicates that a pregnancy after ART...

Case study

2 Jun 2015

This report on Maternity Case Studies is complemented by reports on four others: Renal, Cardiac, City Sites, and Rural and Remote Sites. It is published as part of the Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys study, Stage 3 of the Managing Two Worlds Together project.


Research report

15 Apr 2015

A focus on women who gave birth, and the babies who were born, in New Zealand in 2012.


In 2012, 62,321 women were recorded as giving birth. This equates to a birth rate (the proportion of females aged 15–44 years in...

Research report

12 Dec 2014

Captures data from over 200 primary health care organisations that receive funding from the Australian Government Department of Health to provide services primarily to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


This is the second national report on the Indigenous primary health...

Discussion paper

4 Dec 2014

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) is a non-diagnostic umbrella term that is used to cover the full range of possible birth defects and developmental issues that can be caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol. This paper describes some of these consequences for children's development and...