Maternal and child health nurse and practitioner perceptions of the mental health impact of disasters on women in the perinatal period.

Project: Research

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Project Description

This proposed study will examine and compare the experiences of rurally and metropolitan based maternal and child health nurses and practitioners (MCHNPs) in delivering services to women, infants and families during disasters, including most recently the 2019/2020 Victorian summer bushfires and the 2020/2021 COVID-19 pandemic. The particular focus of this research will be on how MCHNPs perceive women who are receiving postnatal care at this time, are managing mental health and wellbeing issues. The study will include recruitment of MCHNs working in local government or community health settings as well as Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, as part of the Koori Maternity Services (KMS). It is anticipated that not all participants will be from a nursing discipline. The aim of this qualitative scoping study is to identify overall themes pertaining to MCHN experiences and observations, including ascertaining if there are any service provision gaps in relation to vulnerable population groups.
Effective start/end date1/04/2131/12/21