Child and Maternal Health

Mums and Bubs

The IUIH child and maternal health programs aim to improve birth outcomes, close the gap in rates of preterm birth, low birth weight and early infant health and well-being. Laying solid foundations in early childhood health, education and development is essential to in Closing the Gap in life expectancy and opportunity to achieve full potential in life.

The Mums and Bubs programs provides services through the IUIH network of ATSICCHS clinics

  • Contraception, sexual health screening, pregnancy education and advice, and pre-pregnancy screening and care 
  • Antenatal care, including pregnancy screening, monitoring and care, support to quit smoking, family support and outreach services including home visiting, and linkage with hospital service services for delivery
  • Post-natal care, including home visiting, breastfeeding support and advice, immunisations, and other services
  • Comprehensive screening and preventive health care through regular “Health Checks” for women, children and their families
  • Visiting specialist and allied health services supporting comprehensive care for women, children and their families including Paediatric speech and occupational therapy services, specialist Paediatricians, and social health supports including access to psychologists, counselling support, drug and alcohol services, social workers and other supports

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

The Mater Hospital, ATSICCHS Brisbane and IUIH formed a partnership 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).

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.

This new model brings together the best of specialised hospital services with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled health care, located under the one roof in the Brisbane ATSICHS hub in Woolloongabba.

 

  • Midwifery group practice. 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 Communities 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 are available and home visiting is offered where needed, complementing group antenatal care
  • Intensive support is provided for women to quit smoking, delivered from early pregnancy and up to six months post natally

Music Therapy

IUIH believes in the importance and value of cultural revitalisation to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

There is an increasing body of evidence that speaks to the value and importance of promotion and protection of traditional knowledge, family, culture and kinship and the way in which this contributes to community cohesion and personal resilience.

This can be greatly enhanced by opportunities that enable collective and community-wide engagement in cultural and art programs and events.

Music therapy is

  • an allied health profession in which music is used as a tool to facilitate non-musical goals.
  • appropriate for clients from birth to old age and can be adapted to all levels of functioning
  • appropriate for those with no previous musical experience.

Music therapy may be able to provide support and services for people with a variety of health difficulties, including disabilities, mental health issues, neurological issues, developmental disorders, physical health difficulties, social and behavioural difficulties, as well as to provide support for people who are well. Music therapy services are available for children and adults who are clients of the member services.