The Aboriginal Families Study began as cross sectional population-based study investigating the views and experiences of mothers having an Aboriginal baby in South Australia between July 2011 and June 2013.
344 women living in urban, regional and remote areas of South Australia completed a structured interview booklet when their baby was around 7 months old.
We are now extending the study to follow-up the mothers and children as the children start school.
Findings from the first stage of the study are now being reported back to communities, services and policy makers, and published in a variety of ways.
The findings from the first stage of the study suggest that the shift to providing services for Aboriginal families via the Aboriginal Family Birthing Program in South Australia improved women’s experiences of and engagement with antenatal care. The findings also highlight the extent of social health issues, such as housing problems, family violence and drug and alcohol problems) affecting the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal women and families during pregnancy.