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Vital new maternity simulation equipment will assist our own Logan Hospital clinicians in better understanding our culturally and linguistically diverse patients while helping mothers survive in a developing country.
Acting Simulation Nurse Educator Rhiannon McHugh said the birthing simulators were purchased with the help of a Multicultural Grant in recognition of the needs of our CALD community.
"It is recognised that the CALD community have greater health disparity and poorer health outcomes so it is imperative for clinicians to recognise maternal risk factors as part of anticipating and planning for potential obstetric emergencies," Rhiannon said.
"These birthing simulators will enable our clinicians to engage in experiential learning opportunities and training in person centred, individualised care that recognises the healthcare risks and needs for CALD, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Maori and Pacific Island communities around maternal history and risk assessment.
"This will contribute to the very best outcomes possible for Logan’s diverse maternity consumers."
Rhiannon said while it was fantastic that Logan Hospital could now benefit from this technology, it was special to know that by purchasing this equipment, a developing country would also receive the same equipment thanks to a "Buy one Gift One" program.
"This equipment will be donated to global health programs in developing countries to give birth attendants the chance to learn lifesaving skills and help mothers survive giving birth."