Title

Maternal and child health nursing services: Perspectives of parents

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Cambridge Publishing

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences

RAS ID

21764

Comments

Originally published as: Clark, K., Beatty, S., & Fletcher, T. (2016). Maternal and child health nursing services: Perspectives of parents. Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing, 13(1), 8-12. Original article available here

Abstract

Western Australia's history of maternal and child health nursing service provision dates back to the early part of the 20th century and forms part of an Australia-wide network of these services. When the Western Australian service was established, the state's maternal mortality rate was 4.2/1000 live births and one-in-eight babies died within their first year of life. Multidisciplinary child health services, with maternal and child health nurses (MCHNs) at the forefront delivering 'well' maternal and child health care continue to this day, contributing to Australia's broadly sound developmental health and child wellbeing performance which is reflected in Western Australia.

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