Group Pregnancy Care: improving access, health literacy and social inclusion

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research
General Practice
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Elisha Riggs 03 9936 6646 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Jane Yelland 03 9936 6673 Personal web page

Project Details

Group Pregnancy Care (GPC) for refugee background women is a world-first inter-agency, community informed model of pregnancy care and group information sessions designed to improve women’s access to care, enhance health literacy and reduce social isolation. The program is delivered by a multidisciplinary team including hospital employed midwives, a maternal and child health nurse, a bicultural worker and a hospital employed interpreter. Group Pregnancy Care is provided in a community setting in four locations in Melbourne for Karen (from Burma), Assyrian Chaldean (from Iraq and Syria), Afghan and Vietnamese women.

The aim of the program is to provide multifaceted, culturally appropriate preventive health care, information and support to refugee women during and after pregnancy in a group setting. The program is cost-free; provides care and information that is woman-directed, culturally appropriate and in women’s language; and facilitates links and referrals to services as necessary.

More information about Group Pregnancy Care is on the website:

Group Pregnancy Care offers an array of topics for scholarly inquiry in the context of pregnancy and early childhood including but not limited to: implementation of complex interventions, evaluation, health services and policy research, refugee and migrant health, mental health and health literacy.

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health in Medicine, Women's Health

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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