maternal child health
Growing strong babies, builds strong communities
Apunipima recognises that all children should have a healthy and safe start to life, free of avoidable illness and injury. A healthy start to life establishes the building blocks for good health and the capacity for children to achieve their full potential throughout life. This health journey commences before conception and continues through to adulthood.
In the Indigenous context, culturally appropriate antenatal and postnatal care for pregnant women and new mothers, including perinatal mental health, are essential elements of a healthy start to life.
The Apunipima Maternal and Child Health team, made up of Indigenous health workers, midwives and Child Health nurses.
MATERNAL, CHILD HEALTH STRATEGY 2019-2026
The Apunipima Maternal, Child Health strategy acknowledges the strengths of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander families and aims to capitalise on those strengths in improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Cape York communities through early intervention and ensuring the best start in life.
It guides the delivery of optimal clinical care, while retaining a focus on prevention and early intervention to reduce risk factors for chronic diseases and build protective factors to support optimal child health, growth and development.
Apunipima’s approach is family centred, offering home visiting and school based support. The Apunipima Model of Care focuses on partnerships and collaboration between service providers and families to enhance quality of care, access to health services, and client satisfaction while reducing fragmentation of services.