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Our translational research will establish Australia’s exemplar rural, remote and very remote Birthing on Country Services, to make a significant impact on Closing the Gap Target 2: First Nations children are born healthy and strong.


This First Nations led, co-designed and staffed MRFF study aims to establish exemplar Birthing on Country maternal child health services in rural, remote and very remote Australia in 5 years. Our Chief Investigators have worked side-by-side with First Nations communities and stakeholders, building on 25 years of research, to develop the RISE SAFELY Implementation Framework. We will translate existing knowledge on culturally safe maternity care, that saw unprecedented success in an urban site, into three unique settings. We will increase protective factors for birthing women and babies across the first 1000 days, improve outcomes, focus on preventing preterm birth, and make a profound impact on Closing the Gap Target 2: Children are born healthy and strong.

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Policy Brief Larissa Waters

Barriers to Birthing on Country

The three research sites:

Rural: Nowra, NSW, Remote: Mparntwe (Alice Springs), NT & Very Remote: Galiwin'ku, NT

Research Sites


Research Team


The RISE Framework

Partner Investigators

Dept of Health, Alice Springs Hospital

Ms Melissa Brown

Ms Megan Halliday

Ms Diana Baseley

Ms Aleta Kennedy

Ms Glenda Gleeson

Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation

Ms Laura Hinds

Dr Bronwyn Rossingh

Dr Lou Sanderson

Dept of Health NT

Dr Christine Connors

Adjunct Prof Michelle (Mish) Hill

Ms Theresa Clasquin

Australian Red Cross


Yalu Aboriginal Corporation



Mr Philip Roberts


Waminda South Coast Women's Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation

Ms Faye Worner

Ms Cleone Wellington

Ms Melanie Briggs

NSW Health, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District



Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)


Australian Doula College

Ms Renee Adair

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress Aboriginal Corporation (Congress)

Ms Donna Ah Chee

Dr John Boffa

Dr Josie Douglas

Dr Vahab Baghbanian

Other Investigators

Dr Wendy Page

News & Media

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