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Maternity Services Improvement Group 29 & 30 May 2019


Wednesday, 29 May 2019 - Thursday, 30 May 2019

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Pullman Adelaide
16 Hindmarsh Square

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Christine Hendry
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The aim of this group is to improve the provision of safe maternity care by sharing information on implementing innovative and effective practices. The group receives 6-monthly reports that contain both operational and clinical data and shares information through an annual 2 day meeting and webinars.

In 2019 the Maternity Improvement Group will consider the effective provision of maternity care for women identified as ‘at risk’ during their pregnancy and its impact on the woman's experience, birth outcomes and the provision of appropriate maternity services. The Health Round Table maternity data shows a steady increase in the proportion of pregnant women identified as having some level of risk. The most recent data places this proportion at 60% (Maternity Board Report, 2018).

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DRAFT Agenda
Maternity Improvement Group
Pullman Hotel, 16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, SA Australia

Day 1 Wednesday 29th May 2019

8.00 – 9.00am

Registration (Arrival Tea and Coffee)

Participants are advised to bring their e-devices and free wi-fi available.

Throughout the 2 days we will have staff available to assist you access and download your reports as well learn to use other services and features available to you such as AORTA so you can develop your own reports.

9.00 – 10.30am

Welcome and Introductions

SET THE STAGE – Identifying the critical issues.

First working session – Overview of most recent Health Round Table Maternity Service Benchmarking Reports Presented by HRT staff: General observations from the Maternity Service Improvement Group Reports for 2018 with a focus on the women identified as being ‘at risk’ during their pregnancy.

10.30 – 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00 – 12.30pm

SET THE STAGE – Developing the burning platform for change

Case Presentations and associated discussion:

  • Defining risk in pregnancy
  • Challenges caring for women with medical co- morbidities
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy: implementation of national guidelines
  • Women requiring bariatric care during pregnancy and birth

Plenary session: open for discussion 

12.30 – 1.15pm


1.15 – 1.45pm

Findings from the e-survey of members: Issues for discussion.

1.45 – 3.00pm

DECIDE WHAT TO DO  - Identifying potential areas for improvement.

Second working session: Participants rotate through 4 breakout groups facilitated by the plenary speakers focusing on specific risks in pregnancy that can impact on maternal and neonatal morbidity.   

Outcome – each service will identify a key area/issue/challenge to focus their action plan on.

3.00 – 3.30pm

Afternoon Tea

3.30 – 4.45pm

DECIDE WHAT TO DO – how have some met the challenges?

Peer presentations of maternity care strategies for women ‘at risk’ during their pregnancy

·         Introduction of the maternity navigator role

·         Maintaining a focus on normal birth for women with risk

·         Postnatal follow up clinic for women having had traumatic birth experiences

·         Pre-term Morbidity clinic

4.45 – 5.00pm

Day 1 close


Meeting Ends for Day One


Group Dinner (Optional) –

Day 2 Thursday 30th May 2019

8.30 – 9.00am           

Arrival Tea and Coffee

9.00 – 10.30am

Welcome and reflections from day one –


Setting the Stage – Identifying and/or developing the burning platform issues that necessitate change in order to enable women ‘at risk’ during their pregnancy to safely birth a healthy baby/babies.

Third working session: Reflecting on the evidence; reports most likely to provide evidence for change and measurement of progress.

10.30 – 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00 – 12.00pm

What can we learn from others – Innovations from practice relating to provision of care to for women and their babies identified as ‘at risk’ during pregnancy. 

·         Innovation poster sessions

·         Each facility to highlight one or more innovation projects relating to maternity care and services

·         Bring any materials, policies, SOPs, brochures 

12.00 – 1.00pm

Decide what to do – Forth working session – planning practice innovations.

Group work on Action Plans.

·         Aim statements and SMART Goals

·         Sharing and learning from improvements made by other member health services

·         “Sharing among peers” – checking out policies and procedures from our counterparts 

1.00 – 1.45pm


1.45 – 3pm

Make it happen – Fifth working session – Don’t let up, create a new culture

Completion of action plans & presentation of the plans to the full group for feedback and assistance with resources.

3 – 3.30pm

2020 meeting focus and closing comments

Comments and suggestions for improvements on reports, focus for the 2020 meeting and final comments from Health Roundtable General Manager.

Evaluation of the workshop.


Meeting Ends

Accommodation & Flight Arrangements
Delegates are responsible for making their own accommodation and travel/flight arrangements.

Suggested Accommodation

Accommodation Contact Details Reference Code Discounts
Pullman Adelaide
16 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA 5000

+61 8 8206 8888
[email protected]
Mantra Hindmarsh Square
55-67 Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide SA

+61 8 8412 3333
[email protected]
Mantra on Frome
88 Frome Street, Adelaide SA

+61 8 8223 9000
[email protected]
Hotel Richmond
128 Rundle Mall Adelaide SA 5000

+61 8 8215 4444
[email protected]
ibis Adelaide Hotel
122 Grenfell Street 5000 ADELAIDE AUSTRALIA

+61 8 8159 5588
[email protected]
Roof Garden Hotel
55 Frome Street Adelaide, South Australia 5000

1800 008 499
[email protected]

To book accommodation at the conference venue, Pullman Adelaide, please use the below instructions:

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The date range is valid for 28th – 31st May 2019.