Cape York Midwives Celebrate


Midwives across the globe have gathered to celebrate International Day of the Midwife, a day that is celebrated on 5th May each year to highlight the role that midwives play in the health of families. As part of these celebrations, Midwives, Maternal Child Health Nurses and Support Workers attended the inaugural IDM Forum hosted by Apunipima Cape York Health Council.

“The remote nature of our work means that we operate in small teams across the Cape and rarely cross paths in our day to day work. Being together today has been fabulous. Forums like today, are key to connecting colleagues and encouraging collaboration.” Said Johanna Neville – Team Leader for Maternal & Child Health at Apunipima Cape York Health Council, who coordinated the forum.

Johanna added, “The event has been a great success and really well received by all. We look forward to making this an annual event.”

Delegates from Apunipima Cape York Health Council, Queensland Health and Menzies Health took part in the forum.

“Recognising the importance of midwives in improving the health of mothers, newborns and families is vital, especially in remote communities. Apunipima is committed to delivering culturally appropriate healthcare including antenatal and perinatal care for the entire family unit.” Said Johanna

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is a membership-based, community controlled Aboriginal Health Organisation responsible for delivering high quality, culturally appropriate, comprehensive primary health care including Midwifery and Maternal Child Health Services, to 11 Cape York Communities

The World Health Organisation and UN agencies all agree that Midwives are the key to achieving reductions in maternal and new-born deaths and disabilities. Globally, over 340,000 women and almost three million infants die as a result of preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications each year. Most of these deaths would be prevented if there were enough qualified and adequately resourced midwives. There is substantial evidence to support the fact that Midwives save lives.