In 2018, Fiona Stanley Hospital had a business case approved to develop a Family Birth Centre within the footprint of their maternity wards, with a planned launch in 2019.
The Health Consumers’ Council has been partnering with Fiona Stanley Hospital to ensure women and families have a say in how this facility is developed.
A workshop was convened on 4th August 2018, in order for women and their families to identify design principles to guide the fit-out of the new family birthing centre. In addition, a consumer survey was developed by the Health Consumers’ Council to capture feedback from those who would not be able to attend on the day. The survey was posted on HCC’s Facebook page, reached 4,033 people and was shared 33 times. A total of 129 responses were received before the survey was closed on 1st August 2018. See a copy of the survey results here.
The questions mirrored those that were asked at the face to face consultation session held on 4th August, which was divided into two sections – the Feel and the Function:
The Birth Experience – The Feel
- Describe how you would like the centre to feel?
- Describe how the centre looks that delivers that feeling?
The Birth Experience – The Function
- Facilities – What would you want to be able to do in the centre?
- Programs – What kinds of support before or after labour would you like to access?
The report from the consumer consultation will be added here as soon as it is completed.
The project will now progress with a Consumer Working Group to be convened. Pip Brennan from Health Consumers’ Council and Kerrie Mace, Chair of the Fiona Stanley Hospital Community Advisory Council will sit on the committee, and there are three consumer places that need to be filled. The commitment would be monthly meetings held at Fiona Stanley Hospital. There will be a consumer payment of $30 per hour for meeting time only. Parking is subsidised at $3.70 per day.
If you would like to apply for one of these places, please complete this simple Expression of Interest Form by close of business Friday 24th August. A Word version of the Expression of Interest form is here