Closing the Gap with Boodjari Yorgas Midwifery Group Practice

Senior Aboriginal Health Officer Christine Parry
Senior Aboriginal Health Officer Christine Perry, holding information booklets about Boodjari Yorgas Midwifery Group Practice.
March 17, 2022

Thursday 17 March 2022, national Closing the Gap day, is a vital part of reducing the disadvantage among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

One area of focus of Closing the Gap is ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people receive the best possible healthcare to improve their life expectancy and health conditions.

This is a driving force behind Armadale Kalamunda Group’s (AKG) Boodjari Yorgas Midwifery Group Practice, which has a team dedicated to building and strengthening healthcare for the local community.

The program is run for women who prefer to be cared for by the same midwife in a culturally safe way throughout their pregnancy journey.

The Boodjari Yorgas team has been busy building strong relationships with pregnant women and their families, which is essential in providing them with a comforting, safe and culturally secure health care journey.

Senior Aboriginal Health Officer Christine Parry says that by gaining their trust of expectant mums, it helps them feel supported throughout their pregnancy.

“They know they can get in touch with us anytime by ringing or just walking into the clinic to see a midwife when they have concerns about their pregnancy,” Christine said.

“By doing this it’s also allowing the midwives to gain a better understanding and awareness of Aboriginal women having Aboriginal babies and their needs, where it’s not just the pregnancy but the emotional and social effects as well.”

This relationship building with the community has been vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has been challenging for undertaking pregnancy plans.

As a team, Boodjari Yorgas offer a reassuring and comforting experience to pregnant women, helping guide them through what’s best for them and their baby.

“One of our Midwives has had some great news where one of our mums has decided to have her COVID injection and has mentioned that her partner has also agreed to do the same for the sake of their unborn child. This is still a challenge as many of our Aboriginal families are still weary about having the COVID injections and the side effects that go with it” Christine said.

Boodjari Yorgas Midwifery Group Practice is widely known throughout the Armadale community, with clients coming far and wide to attend.

Christine said the team frequently receive requests from other service providers asking about the program and how it became so successful, with the hope of replicating it.

“The answer to that is through community engagement, building a strong and trusting relationship with our women and their families, and to have the support through our Executive team and our team within Boodjari Yorgas,” Christine.

“As an Aboriginal woman I feel privileged to be working with such an amazing team of midwives in Boodjari Yorgas Midwifery Group Practice.”

For more information about Boodjari Yorgas Midwifery Group Practice, visit the AHS website.