Final Learning Session Goes Off with a Brisbane Bang!

Brisbane played host to the third and final learning session of the Every Week Counts National Preterm Birth Prevention Collaborative

Final Learning Session Goes Off with a Brisbane Bang!
Teams from more the 60 Australian maternity hospitals descended on the Hotel Grand Chancellor (14-15 August) in Brisbane, Queensland to progress their shared work to safely prevent preterm and early term birth and its far-reaching health impacts.

The event opened with a powerful Welcome to Country by Songwoman Maroochy, which set the tone for two days of listening, learning, and collaborating.
The two-day learning session featured interactive activities and presentations with highlights from some of the great work in progress at Townsville University Hospital and Lyell McEwin Hospital, as well as a report on the clinical outcomes of a Victorian midwifery continuity model of care for women having a First Nations baby.

Breakout sessions on topics such as care pathways for women with high-risk pregnancies, the importance of smoking cessation, planned caesarean sections, midwifery led continuity of care, and how best to empower and involve our consumers with lived experiences, were all very well received.

Team storyboard presentations, which shared key learnings and activities underway since Melbourne, were once again a highlight.

In total, more than 700 obstetricians, midwives, GPs, sonographers, and neonatologists together with consumers and quality improvement experts have attended the three collaborative learning sessions held in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

We look forward to communicating details of the National Collaborative Showcase Event proposed for March 2024 in Canberra as they are confirmed.

The Commonwealth Government-funded Every Week Counts – National Preterm Birth Prevention Collaborative is a joint collaboration between the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance, Women’s Healthcare Australasia, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Safer Care Victoria, and the Women and Infants Research Foundation.