The Australian government has declared a commitment to improving women’s access to maternity care in rural and remote areas, following the adverse effects of prior maternity service closures. In an international context, Primary Maternity Units (PMUs) provide birthing services in areas geographically separated from ideal obstetrics and neonatal services.
A recent study, “Primary Maternity Units in rural and remote Australia: Results of a national survey,” conducted in part by the Center for Rural Health Research’s Dr. Jude Kornelsen, sought to investigate and describe how PMUs operate throughout rural and remote Australia. The study is intended to inform both policy makers and health care professionals regarding the function and role of PMUs across Australia’s rural and remote regions. The researchers hope to identify what areas will require governmental support to improve rural women’s access to proper maternity care.