Please be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in the photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

Antenatal care for Aboriginal women

Developing a health information system to support continuous improvement in antenatal care for Aboriginal women in the Central Australian region [Alukura]

Aboriginal women’s health continues to be an area of concern with many Aboriginal women suffering complications in pregnancy and childbirth, and babies having lower birthweights and higher levels of complications compared with non-Aboriginal Australians. In Central Australia there are two main providers of antenatal care for urban Aboriginal women: Congress Alukura and the NT Department of Health and Community Services (DHCS). Alukura is a branch of Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (CAAC) and has been reviewed several times, most recently in 1998. In that review, Carter et al recommended further research which has led to the current project. The aim of this project was to develop an ongoing health information system to foster continuous improvement in antenatal care in the Central Australian Region, and to pilot the system at Congress Alukura and the Alice Springs Hospital. The system will be informed by the identification of features of quality antenatal care for Aboriginal women in Central Australia, and the development of indicators to capture these features.

The primary objectives of this project were to:

The project included four methodological components:

Related resources:
Project leader

Lorraine Liddle

Administering institution:

Central Australian Aboriginal Congress