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GP Maternity Shared Care Alignment

In line with national trends and a commitment to providing the highest quality of antenatal care to women, Mater Mothers’ Hospital (MMH), in partnership with Brisbane South PHN (BSPHN), has developed a range of GP Maternity Shared Care Alignment Program options.

Program Outline

GPs wishing to provide shared antenatal care with MMH need to be ‘aligned’ with the hospital and must be a registered medical practitioner with current medical indemnity insurance. While it is not necessary that the GP wishing to conduct shared care holds the DRANZCOG, he/she should have adequate knowledge and skill in maternity care. GPs undertaking maternity shared care are expected to meet the alignment requirements for maternity shared care and be familiar with the policies of the MMH.

To be able to practice maternity shared care with MMH, GPs must have attended a Maternity Shared Care alignment seminar and complete the associated knowledge questionnaire satisfactorily. These seminars are held regularly over six hours and attendance obtains RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) Group 1 points.

To maintain alignment:

The GP must over a three year period either:

  1. attend an Alignment Program including Q&A, OR
  2. attend three relevant two hour antenatal or postnatal/neonatal CPD events (category 2) AND complete online education including Q&A.

The three year cycle is run in parallel with the triennium set down by the RACGP and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) for GP Vocational Registration.

Seminars and workshops held by the MMH GP Maternity Shared Care Program are on Saturday’s over six hours, on topics relevant to Maternity Shared Care GPs.  Online realignment and bridging programs are available.

If the recommended best practice protocols are not followed and management problems occur alignment may be withdrawn. This is monitored by reviewing patient records. GPs that have not been following protocols will be contacted, either by phone or letter to inform them of their protocol omission. Repeated omissions or serious management problems will be reviewed by the Maternity Shared Care Advisory Committee and may result in withdrawal of Alignment.

If alignment is not maintained the GPs name will be removed from the GP Maternity Shared Care Program database, which would preclude participation in MMH Maternity Shared Care.

Program Alignment Options

Alignment and Realignment options overview

Alignment Seminar

Alignment 1

This face to face education consists of 6 hours including a Q&A either held on one Saturday for GPs who have not previously completed the MMH or affiliated alignment program, or GPs who are aligned but wish to refresh their knowledge. Please visit the events page for future dates.

Alignment 2

This face to face education consists of 6 hours including a Q&A either held on one Saturday for GPs who have previously aligned with MMH or an affiliated program, or those that have completed a DRANZCOG in the last three years. Please visit the events page for future dates.

Online realignment now available

This online education consists of 2 hours and is for GPs that have previously aligned with MMH or an affiliated program or who has completed a DRANZCOG in the last three years. This option is for GPs that wish to update their alignment online rather than attending a face to face seminar.

View online realignment resources

Start online realignment education

Online bridging now available

This online education consists of 30 minutes with Q&A and is for GPs who have aligned with an affiliated program or who have completed a DRANZCOG in the last three years.

View online bridging resources

Start online bridging education

If you require any further assistance in finding out which training option is right for you, please contact the Program Administrator on 07 3163 1967 or mscadmin@mater.org.au


Alignment program dates

Please visit the events page for program dates in 2016. 

Program resources

A range of program resources has been developed to assist in completing the MMH GP Maternity Shared Care Program and Advanced Program, and to enhance clinical knowledge and MMH referral processes.

Guidelines and policies

A list of guidelines and policies relating to GP Maternity Shared Care is available to assist you along with a MMH patient catchment map

Aligned GPs

Once you are aligned and have given permission for your practice details to be listed they will appear on the  Mater Mothers' Hospital website. Please advise the program administrator via email mscadmin@mater.org.au if your details need to be updated.

Patient Referrals

To refer an uninsured patient to Mater Mothers' Hospital please complete our antenatal referral form.

Further information

For further information about the Shared Care please contact the GP Liaison Midwife on telephone 07 3163 1861, mobile 0466 205 710 or email GPL@mater.org.au.

For event registration enquires please contact the Program Administrator by email mscadmin@mater.org.au.

GP Advisors for the MMH GP Maternity Shared Care Alignment Program are supported by Medicare Locals.

 

GP Liaison Midwife, Mater Mothers’ Hospital

Telephone: 07 3163 1861
Mobile: 0466 205 710
Email: GPL@mater.org.au

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