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Refugee Maternity Service

Mater’s Refugee Maternity service is a dedicated antenatal clinic, along with the Refugee Midwifery Group Practice, specialise in providing health care, psycho-social support and resources for women of a refugee background birthing at Mater Mothers’ Hospital.

Pregnant women of a refugee background can present with a range of pre-existing medical conditions, such as malnutrition and female genital mutilation, which can impact on maternal, foetal and neonatal health.

The maternity care is provided in a culturally sensitive and supportive environment by midwives, obstetricians, social workers and interpreters for continuity of care across the whole spectrum of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

Eligibility

Any woman who has experience as a refugee is eligible for care within the Refugee Maternity Service.  Eligibility covers women who are permanent residents, current asylum seekers, women who are on a spousal visa and are married to a person of refugee experience.

Referral

Any health professional can refer a woman to the Refugee Maternity service, however it is preferred that the referral is made by the family doctor.

To refer a patient to the Refugee Maternity Service please use Mater’s Antenatal Clinic referral form, complete then fax to 07 3163 8053.

For urgent referrals contact the Antenatal Clinic and ask to speak to the Refugee Maternity Service Midwife or the GP Liaison Midwife Ph. 3163 8330

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