Maternity Service wins prestigious award for excellence

Dhelkaya Health’s Maternity Services has won the Excellence in Women’s Health category in the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards at a high-profile event held in Melbourne last week.

The awards are a celebration of excellence in public healthcare and acknowledge the achievements of Victoria’s healthcare workers, volunteers and public health services.

The high-profile win is testament to just how much Dhelkaya Health’ Midwifery Group Practice model of care means to the community. The Maternity Services model is highly valued because of its women-centered care, continuity of care and choice for women to birth locally.

Sue Race, Dhelkaya Health CEO said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have our Maternity Services recognised across the state for its outstanding care and commitment to women’s health. We are delighted to be able to share this news with the public and the many other respected health providers who were with us there on the night. Dhelkaya Health has an exceptional team of staff who love what they do, and a community who recognise and value that. This is indeed a Maternity Service worth celebrating.”

Both Bendigo Health and Latrobe University were named in the nomination for their respective roles in the service’s success. Dhelkaya Health’s relationship with Bendigo Health enables collaborative shared care, and complex maternity care when needed. Latrobe University’s report gives voice to the many women who spoke glowingly about the service and the level of support they received in an evaluation published earlier in the year.

April Jardine, Midwifery Nurse Unit Manager, and winner of the 2023 HESTA Midwife of the Year Award said: “It has been fulfilling to support the community’s priority to safely birth locally and feedback surveys are overwhelmingly positive. I am proud that our service offers women in the region the gold standard of midwifery-led continuity of care, and enables midwives to work to their full scope and achieve career satisfaction.”

The award is a great result for the Mount Alexander community whose Maternity Service have now been recognised at both state and national level for innovation and excellence. Dhelkaya Health’s Maternity Service is encouraging anyone interested in birthing locally to learn more about the award-winning service and get in touch with the team with any enquiries.

While the majority of clients are local, you don’t need to live locally to use the service.

Visit our Maternity Services website to find out more.

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