Nov 14
Western Midwifery Groups Takes Out InNovation Award

It’s been a double celebration for Dubbo’s Western Midwifery Group (WMG) this month as it celebrated its first birthday and also won an Award of Excellence.

The WMG is a new model of care that was launched in Dubbo in November last year, offering Dubbo women a further choice for care during their pregnancy where they can elect to see the same midwife throughout the period of pregnancy, childbirth and post pregnancy.

Over 50 women and their babies recently returned to celebrate one year since the WMG commenced operation.

Dubbo Health Service Director of Nursing Jenny Johnson said the women of Dubbo have really embraced the new model of pregnancy care.

“We have had an extremely successful first year with around 170 women electing to have their babies through Western Midwifery Group,” she said.

The success of the service was also acknowledged at the Treasury Managed Funds (TMF) Awards for Excellence on Wednesday when it won the Process Innovation category. The TMF Awards are organised through the NSW Self Insurance Corporation and recognise people and projects making a difference through improved performance and reducing costs to agencies and the TMF.

“We were so thrilled to firstly be nominated, and then to win this special award against some very strong competition,” Ms Johnson said.

As an Award finalist, representatives of the WMG showcased their program at the celebration event. “We continually receive positive feedback about the service as it is succeeding where many others have failed,” Ms Johnson said.

She attributes the overwhelming success of the program to the work done before it was implemented, and the wonderful team recruited to deliver it.

“Through our partnership with GIO, we identified our stakeholders and did a very thorough risk assessment, addressing all of these risks before the service was launched. This meant we weren’t confronted with issues or problems once we were underway which could have jeopardised the program’s success.

“We also didn’t rush into recruitment for the service, ensuring that we had the right people on the team who were committed about their delivery of care to mothers”.

The WMG is run by a Team Leader and five midwives with varied backgrounds and a range of experience behind them, with the common factor being their passion for their profession of midwifery.

“A special mention must go to Judi Yeo who is not only the team leader but was also the project officer for the implementation, as her strong leadership and commitment to the project has been a significant contributing factor to the overall success,” Ms Johnson said.

“This type of continuity of care through pregnancy, birth and post pregnancy is how many midwives ideally would like to practice and also the model increasingly associated with normal pregnancy and birth, as evidenced by the numbers of Dubbo women who have chosen it in the year that it has been offered”.

Local women are encouraged to discuss which options are best suited to their needs with their doctor or midwife. Women with normal risk pregnancies who live within 30km of Dubbo are eligible for the WMG.

More information about the WMG is available by phoning 6885 7879.