Birthing in the Barkly: births to Barkly women in 2010

Birthing in the Barkly: births to Barkly women in 2010 Journal Article

Rural and Remote Health

  • Author(s): Schultz R, , Lockey R, , Oats JJ
  • Published: 2013
  • Volume: 13

Abstract: A 2007 review of maternity services in Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) noted the dissatisfaction of women in the Barkly region where the birthing service closed in 2006. The review recommended improved integration of maternity services, a consumer focus, and a pilot study of birthing in Tennant Creek Hospital (TCH) in the Barkly region. Barkly region is sparsely populated, with 5700 people in 320 000 km2. The town of Tennant Creek with 3100 population is the only centre of more than 1000 people. In the Barkly region, 64% of the population and 74% of birthing women are Aboriginal. Current NT Department of Health (NT DoH) policy requires all women to give birth in a town with facilities for operative delivery. For most Barkly women this means travelling 500 km to Alice Springs with limited support for travel and accommodation. Emergency air evacuation is arranged for all women who enter labour or give birth while in the Barkly region, whether at TCH or elsewhere. This project was a collaboration between Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation and NT DoH to examine clinical data to inform a discussion of re-introducing birthing to TCH.

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Schultz R, , Lockey R, , Oats JJ, 2013, Birthing in the Barkly: births to Barkly women in 2010, Volume:13, Journal Article, viewed 13 July 2024,

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