Child and Maternal Health

Mums and Bubs

IUIH child and maternal health programs aim to improve birth outcomes, closing the gap by reducing rates of preterm birth and low birth weight and improving early infant health and well-being. 

Maternal and child specialist staff provide mums and bubs services through all member clinics as well as through freestanding services located at Capalaba, Woodridge and Salisbury.

The Mums and Bubs programs work from a social model of health and work to strengthen parental capacity and confidence. 

Mums and Bubs services include:

    • Contraception and sexual health services, pregnancy education and advice, pre-pregnancy screening and care, pregnancy testing  and counselling
    • Antenatal care including support to quit smoking, family support and outreach services such as home visiting and linkage with hospital services for delivery
    • Post-natal care including home visits, breastfeeding support and immunisations
    • Comprehensive screening and preventive health care through regular health checks for women, their children and their families
    • Visiting specialist and allied health services including:
      • paediatric specialists
      • paediatric occupational therapy
      • paediatric speech pathology
      • social health supports including access to psychologists, counsellors, drug and alcohol services and social workers
    • Parenting advice and support.

​To access Mums and Bubs services, contact your local clinic.


Deadly Kindies

Kindy is a Deadly Choice! Deadly Kindies is a collaboration between IUIH and the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training.  

The initiative is designed to highlight the importance of kindergarten in early childhood education and encourage attendance. 

Modeled on the successful Deadly Choices program, Deadly Kindies uses the Deadly Kindy Kit as an incentive to encourage pre-Kindy Health Checks through local Aboriginal Medical Services.  

Find out more on the Deadly Kindies website or follow the Facebook page.

IUIH Family Partnership Program

This intensive home visiting program supports women who are pregnant with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child to improve their health and the health of their baby.

Home visits are in addition to clinical care and are focused on improving engagement in health services and health behaviours and making sure women feel strong and supported.

The IUIH Family Partnership Program is based at Strathpine and available to women living in the North Brisbane/Caboolture region or who are planning to have their baby at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Redcliffe Hospital or Caboolture Hospital.

Download IUIH Family Partnership Program referral form


Children's Therapy Services

IUIH has responded to the shortage of accessible children’s therapy services and developed an expanded network of services across the region.

Research indicates that children with developmental difficulties and delay benefit greatly from early intervention, specifically under a multidisciplinary model of care with a number of allied health professionals.

Early intervention and children’s developmental programs are imperative in the identification and treatment of young children who are developmentally at risk or vulnerable to minimize the long-term implications of any developmental delay.

Early intervention is targeted at children who are not learning and growing at the same rate as other children their age, or who are at risk of having developmental delays in their learning and growing.

Occupational therapy, Speech Pathology and Music Therapy services are now available at are now available at almost all of our clinic locations. Call your nearest AMS for details

Staff delivering these services have developed a new Model of Practice which is being rolled out across the region – including a culturally appropriate assessment process.

To be eligible for children’s therapy services, a child must be a client of one of our Member Services and have had a health check and/or Enhanced Care Plan by the facility’s General Practitioner (GP).

Occupational Therapy

Children’s occupational therapy can look at your child’s skills in school, play and other daily activities. As your child’s main occupation is to play and learn an Occupational Therapist (OT) will help them gain skills and achieve goals that are important to both you and your child.

  • School tasks –handwriting, finishing activities, finding belongings etc
  • Motor Skills - coordination, jumping, hopping, ball skills etc
  • Sensory processing - getting used to touching different textures, eating different food, concentrating in class etc
  • Activities of Daily Living - dressing, eating, having a bath etc
  • Play and Social Skills - playing with toys, getting along with others

Together we’ll look at your child doing different activities and help you come up with tips to support them at school or home.

Speech

The IUIH Speech Pathology Service provides an early intervention Service to support communication and reading and writing skills; and help children get ready for school. Speech pathologists can help children to:

  • Make speech sounds
  • Talk in sentences
  • Play, follow directions and get along with others
  • Speak smoothly
  • Read and spell

Tara Lewis (Team leader Speech pathology), was named 2013 Indigenous Allied health professional of the year at the Indigenous Allied Health Australia conference in November.


Tumble Tots

Tumble Tots is a free program for children aged 2 to 3 years and their parents/carers. This five week developmental group program is about providing children with opportunities to explore and practise a variety of movements and skills. Tumble Tots was created by occupational therapists and speech pathologists to help with childrens' overall development.

Focus areas include:

  • play and social skills
  • talking and listening
  • general coordination and fine motor skills
  • confidence and self-esteem

Contact your local Clinic to find out when the next program is happening near you.


Tumble Time

Tumble time is an interactive program for children aged 3 – 4 ½ years, and their parents/carers. Tumble time is based on exploring through play and is specifically designed by occupational therapists and speech pathologists, to assist children’s development in:

  • talking and listening
  • general coordination
  • social skills
  • play
  • fine motor skills
  • confidence and self-esteem

A healthy morning tea is provided after each session and sessions include ideas and tips for healthy snacks that kids will love. Parents are given fun ideas to continue at home to help their child’s development. This is a fun way to enhance children’s social and physical development, to catch up with old friends and make new ones too. Contact your local Mums and Bubs Clinic to find out when the next program is happening near you.


Tools for Schools

Tools for school is a program developed by occupational therapists and speech pathologists to help children aged 4+ to get ready for starting school. Each child has opportunities to learn and develop:

  • early literacy skills
  • working in a group
  • listening and talking skills
  • taking turns
  • pencil and scissor skills
  • making friends

Contact your local Mums and Bubs Clinicto find out when the next program is happening near you.


Birthing in our Community (BIOC) Partnership

IUIH partnered with Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS Brisbane) and the Mater Hospital in 2013 with the shared goal of achieving equity in birth outcomes, health status and life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in urban South East Queensland. The outcome of this partnership is Birthing in Our Community (BiOC).

Located at our dedicated Mums and Bubs Hub at Salisbury, this important initiative represents a practical response to develop and expand culturally competent maternity care and ensuring mothers and babies get the best possible support for a good start to life.

BiOC integrates the midwifery services and expertise of the Mater Hospital with the cultural knowledge and expertise of IUIH and ATSICHS Brisbane, enabling a unique approach to service delivery. 

The BiOC model offers women:

  • Midwifery group practice with 24/7 access pregnancy, birthing and postnatal care provided by the same midwife, backed up when necessary by other midwives who are all part of the same Birthing In Our Community team
  • Support from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maternal and Infant Health (MIH) workers and Indigenous student midwives as core members of the team, along with other allied health services as needed
  • Transport services to access care as well as home visits as needed
  • Intensive support for women to quit smoking throughout their pregnancy and for up to 6 months after birth.

​For further information contact the Birthing in Our Community team at the Salisbury Mums & Bubs Hub on 07 3274 5700.