About Us

Monash Women's maternity service is part of Monash Health. Monash Health provides health care across south eastern Melbourne, uniquely integrating in one organisation primary, secondary and tertiary health services, as well as world renowned research and teaching facilities. Monash Health has a role in specialist care for greater Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate.

Monash Women's maternity service is the largest maternity provider in Victoria providing care to over 9,000 women each year across three hospitals: Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong and Casey. Monash Women's provides maternity care for well women as well as women with more complex and specialty needs. Monash Medical Centre provides tertiary level maternity care, pregnancy assessment unit, fetal diagnostic unit and has both adult and neonatal intensive care units situated on-site. This integrated service structure provides one of Australia’s safest levels of maternity care.

Monash Women’s has a range of allied health services for women including physiotherapy, social work and interpreters. These services are provided on referral from the team clinicians. 

Monash Women's is affiliated with Monash University and a number of other universities for research and training. Monash Women’s provides training and clinical placement for trainee doctors and midwives as part of their university requirements.

Monash Health offers women three (3) pathways for pregnancy care:

  1. within a clinic at one of our three hospital sites
  2. shared care with the hospital and an affiliated GP or midwife in the community 
  3. non hospital with a specialist obstetrician or GP-obstetrician in the community.  

Where possible you will be booked to birth at your local hospital unless you or your baby require a higher level or care.

Monash Women's is committed to women-centered, collaborative care underpinned by the following principles:

  • women and families are partners in planning and care decisions
  • care is provided close to home- wherever possible  
  • keeping mothers and babies together is a priority in care
  • continuity of care and carer wherever possible
  • multidisciplinary, collaborative teams care for women through pregnancy, birth and postnatally
  • midwives have opportunity to work full scope of practice - working in all areas of maternity care
  • collaborative education, training and supervision for all clincians to ensure a  high level commitment to ongoing professional development
  • achieving the highest standards of quality, safety and evidence-based practice
  • equity for all women.

 

Changes to our services in 2013

Monash Women's have undertaken a two year process of review and consultation to now restructure maternity services underpinned by the above principle at our three sites. Our restructure aims to improve continuity of care/ carer wherever possible as research shows that continuity of care improves women's experiences and outcomes.

Team based care is now being introduced at each of our hospitals. Doctors, midwives and allied health staff have been aligned into teams. All women will be allocated a team at booking.

How do the team's work?

All teams have a shared leadership (midwife and obstetrician) to provide a comprehensive collaborative approach to pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. For a woman experiencing a pregnancy where there is no anticipated problem this may mean that most of that care is provided by a primary level care provider (i.e. midwife or GP). If complications arise the obstetrician or other specialist medical staff from your team will provide consultation and advice. If a woman experiences a pregnancy where there are maternal or fetal complications the majority of care will be with specialist team medical staff, however team midwives will provide midwifery care as required.

Who are the teams?

The teams have been named after gemstones and are aligned with a colour.

Monash Medical Centre has five teams: Amethyst (purple), Opal (light blue), Topaz (magenta), Amber (orange) and Emerald (light green).

Dandenong Hospital has three teams: Rose Quartz (pink), Turquoise (aqua) and Jade (dark green).

Casey Hospital has three teams: Ruby (red), Diamond (cream) and Sapphire (blue).

What does this mean for women?

Continuity of care within teams will enable women greater consistency in care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal stay. Women will have increased opportunity to see clinicians they have met before (doctor, midwife and allied health) during their pregnancy visits at the hospital, in labour, birth and postnatal period. 

If you have other queries please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website.