Aboriginal Families Study
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
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
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