10 June, 2023
Health services boost for Cape York region
A MAJOR expansion of Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service maternal, child and family health services across Cape York is under way, with the planned appointment of a team of six new clinicians for the region.
The new Maternal, Child and Family Midwifery Consultants, who are both midwives and child health nurses, will be based in Cairns, with similar services being based in Weipa, to support Napranum and Mapoon.
It is expected that an additional four First Nations Health Worker positions will form part of this new team. Together, they will deliver a comprehensive visiting outreach service to communities across Cape York, complementing the service’s Midwifery Group Practices in Weipa and Cooktown and existing child health services in those locations.
“The new service will form part of a broader Maternity, Child and Family Health Care Network that will see greater collaboration and communication across the health service,” Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service executive general manager Michael Catt said.
“We are excited to be working in collaboration with our existing services in our communities to provide the best possible care for Cape York children and families through the addition of this new outreach service,” he said.
The new Maternal Child and Family Health Outreach Service will integrate with the Midwifery Navigation Service, which is a component of the broader, highly successful Nurse/Midwifery Navigation program.