Birthing on Country

The best start in life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies and their families.

Birthing on Country is a metaphor for the best start in life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies and their families, an appropriate transition to motherhood and parenting for women and an integrated, holistic and culturally appropriate model of care for all.

History

​For more than 60,000 years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have birthed their babies on traditional lands.

Birthing on Country has been described as an international movement with the overarching aim of returning birthing services to Indigenous communities and Indigenous control to enable a healthy start to life.

The Birthing on Country agenda relates to system-wide reform and is perceived as an important opportunity in ‘closing the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and quality of life outcomes.

In 2012, the Australian Maternity Services Inter-jurisdictional Committee, in collaboration with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, held the first national Birthing on Country Workshop to progress Australian Government commitment to Birthing on Country.

People gathered from across Australia, with a strong Indigenous presence, to discuss Birthing on Country and determine the next steps. Participants agreed that the Birthing on Country project, should move from being aspirational (policy) to actual (implementation). They recommended exemplar sites be set up in urban, rural, remote and very remote communities and funded for success and sustainability.

The Birthing on Country agenda relates to system-wide reform and is perceived as an important opportunity in ‘closing the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health and quality of life outcomes.
 

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The Grandmother's Law​
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Birthing on Country Workshop
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$2.5 million to improve health of First Nations families
A program that is already showing unprecedented success in improving the health and employment outcomes of First Nations families has been awarded $2.5 million in funding through the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Led by the team at Charles Darwin University’s Molly Wardaguga Research Centre at the College of Nursing and Midwifery, the project is focused on providing the Best Start to Life for First Nations women, babies and families and has been awarded a Centres of Research Ex
The NITV Podcast - Hopes for birthing centre at Galiwinku Elcho Island NT
In this episode of the NITV podcast we meet the dedicated women who are working hard to try and get birthing services on country on the remote community of Galiwinku on Elcho island Northern Territory.
Reducing preterm birth rates
Co-directors of the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, Professor Sue Kildea and Associate Professor Yvette Roe, are redesigning maternity services for better outcomes for First Australians.
COVID19 and Maternity Care First Nations Australians
COVID and Maternity Care for First Nations Australians
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Birthing on Country acknowledges the traditional custodians across the lands on which we live and work, and we pay our respects to Elders both past and present.

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The NITV Podcast - Hopes for birthing centre at Galiwinku Elcho Island NT

In this episode of the NITV podcast we meet the dedicated women who are working hard to try and get birthing services on country on the remote community of Galiwinku on Elcho island Northern Territory.

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