Waijungbah Jarjums

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Starting at a new hospital in the area, proud Ngunnawal woman and Clinical Midwife Consultant Cassandra Nest noticed that very few women were identifying as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander when accessing the Midwifery Group Practice.

This seemingly small observation was the catalyst for transformational change within Gold Coast Health’s Women’s, Newborns and Children’s Service as they empowered Cassandra to work alongside the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to co-design a new model of care that best meets their maternal and child health needs.

The resulting model combines both Birthing on Country and First 1000 Days Australia principles and is founded on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing, but is so much more.

Truly co-designed, the model was built in consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and through meaningful partnerships with the local community and organisations with one goal: to not only safely bring jarjums into the world but welcome them into the community and onto Yugambeh Speaking Peoples Country.

Gold Coast Health’s Waijungbah Jarjums—which means place of mother and child—is proudly supported by Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service, Clinical Excellence Queensland and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Division.

Waijungbah Jarjums was developed in partnership with Kalwun Health Services and the Yugambeh Region Aboriginal Corporation Alliance to build a service that meets the needs of locals. Governance of Waijungbah Jarjums sits with the Waijungbah Jarjums Consumer Advisory Group who continue to develop the model of care to best suit the local communities feedback, wants and needs.



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Improvement Exchange

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Waijungbah Jarjums

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Waijungbah Jarjums Evaluation Report

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