Aboriginal Families Study

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The Aboriginal Families Study is a research study developed in collaboration with the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc. based on state-wide consultations with Aboriginal communities and policy makers in South Australia.

The study aims to collect population level data documenting:

  • women's experiences of services during pregnancy, childbirth and the first few months after birth
  • the social health of Aboriginal women and families during and after pregnancy.

The study findings will be used to inform the development of pregnancy and postnatal services for Aboriginal women and families in South Australia.

Aboriginal women and non Aboriginal women with an Aboriginal baby, who had their baby in South Australia between 1 July 2011 and 31 December 2012, will be eligible to particiate.

Phase 1 of the study (2007-2008) was a consultation with Aboriginal communities in rural, remote and urban areas of South Australia and with service providers and policy makers relevant to pregnancy, childbirth and early childhood. It was undertaken by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI), and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Inc. (AHCSA) in partnership.

The most significant finding from the Community Consultation was that communities wanted the research to lead to improved services for Aboriginal women and families. The findings of the consultation were used to develop the research protocol for phase 2 of the study - the research phase.

An Aboriginal Advisory Group, endorsed by AHCSA, was formed to guide the conduct of the community consultation. This group continues to meet every eight weeks to guide all aspects of the study.

The Aboriginal Families Study Policy Implementation Partnership comprising four organisations (AHCSA, MCRI, University of Adelaide and SA Health) was also formed and endorsed by AHCSA, to ensure that the findings of the study would be used to improve services.