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Maternal and Infant Services: examination of access in a culturally diverse community.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12603796     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate access of resident immigrant families from a non-English speaking background to Maternal and Infant Services operated by Community Health Services in south-western Sydney. METHODS: An ecological study compared the demographic characteristics of mothers with an infant aged less than 12 months in three separate data collections. These were a 3-month Community-based Health Services Census, the 1996 Midwives Data Collection and the ABS 1996 Census of Population and Housing. RESULTS: Information was collected from 2048 infants and their families who were newly registered with Maternal and Infant Services. Approximately 75% of newborn infants were registered with services. Women who were born in a non-English-speaking country were over-represented in the data. For both overseas and Australian-born women those who left school aged less than 17 years were under-represented compared with analysis of the related data systems. CONCLUSIONS: The data suggest that migrant women from non-English-speaking backgrounds are accessing Maternal and Infant Services. However, innovative approaches for service delivery are indicated for women who may be considered socially disadvantaged, irrespective of their ethnic or cultural backgrounds.
E J Comino; E Harris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of paediatrics and child health     Volume:  39     ISSN:  1034-4810     ISO Abbreviation:  J Paediatr Child Health     Publication Date:  2003 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-02-26     Completed Date:  2003-07-01     Revised Date:  2007-09-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005421     Medline TA:  J Paediatr Child Health     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  95-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Health, Equity, Training, Research and Evaluation, Liverpool Hospital, New South Wales, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Child Welfare
Child, Preschool
Communication Barriers
Confidence Intervals
Cultural Diversity*
Emigration and Immigration
Health Services Accessibility*
Health Services Needs and Demand
Infant Care / organization & administration*,  standards,  utilization
Maternal Health Services / organization & administration*,  standards,  utilization
Reference Values
Residence Characteristics
Risk Factors
Socioeconomic Factors
Women's Health
Comment In:
J Paediatr Child Health. 2003 Mar;39(2):93-4   [PMID:  12603795 ]

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