GV Health and the GV Health Foundation are working in partnership to develop a mothers and babies service for children aged -1 to 4 years in the Goulburn Valley, in response to community needs and consultation.
GV Health has engaged KPMG, through a tender process, to develop a strategic vision and service plan for a mothers and babies service in the region.
Data collection and consultation with key community representatives, health care organisations, GV Health staff and other key stakeholders, will take place over the next few weeks.
A range of high quality services are currently operating across the region, including obstetrics, paediatrics, mental health and community-based primary care services. However, there is a significant opportunity to improve service coordination efforts between GV Health and the community, and to develop better care pathways with various specialty groups and community-based services.
The project also aims to explore a number of service gaps. Examples include: Support with drug and alcohol services for pregnant women, mothers and their babies; inpatient care where babies need to be kept alongside their mothers to enhance bonding; and supporting those with serious mental illness.
This is an important project for the community, GV Health and the Foundation.