WHA submission on Antenatal Care Guidelines Review

Thu, 22/06/2017

Click here to view WHA's submission to the review of the Antenatal Care Guidelines.

The Antenatal Care Guidelines are designed to support Australian maternity services to provide high-quality, evidence-based antenatal care to healthy pregnant women.

They are intended for all health professionals who contribute to antenatal care including midwives, obstetricians, general practitioners, practice nurses, maternal and child health nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers and allied health professionals. They are implemented at national, state, territory and local levels to provide consistency of antenatal care in Australia and ensure maternity services provide high-quality, evidence-based maternity care.  The Antenatal Care Guidelines cover a wide range of care including routine physical examinations, screening tests and social and lifestyle advice for women with an uncomplicated pregnancy. 

Review of the Antenatal Care Guidelines

In 2015–16, an Expert Working Group (EWG) was established to guide a review of the Guidelines.  The EWG was asked to identify priority  topics and research questions for inclusion in the current review.  The EWG identified seven topics from Modules 1 and 2 for review (domestic violence, hepatitis C, vitamin D, fetal growth and wellbeing, risk of pre-eclampsia, risk of preterm birth and thyroid dysfunction) and agreed that evidence on cell-free DNA testing, illicit substance use, monitoring of weight gain and early testing for diabetes should also be examined.

For more information about the review, please click here.