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Antenatal Shared Care

Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) allows women with a low risk pregnancy the option to receive a majority of their pregnancy care with their GP. 

 

Antenatal Shared Care with your GP

An option for women with a low risk pregnancy to receive the majority of their pregnancy care with their GP.

Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) is where the antenatal care for pregnant women is shared between the local hospital antenatal care service and a local GP. 

GPs with relevant obstetric experience can apply to become an ANSC provider and the care provided is structured to mirror the same level of care a woman would receive in a standard antenatal clinic. 

In South Western Sydney, the ANSC program is run by the SWSPHN, the SWSLHD, and local GPs. The goal of the Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) Program is to provide a high and uniform standard of care to pregnant women throughout South Western Sydney.

 

The aim of Antenatal Shared Care

  • Provide pregnant women with flexibility, choice and continuity of care through pregnancy
  • Cater for the preferences and needs of women from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Enhance the skills of GPs caring for women during pregnancy
  • Promote communication between GPs and the participating hospitals (Bankstown, Liverpool, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield and Bowral).

 

Antenatal Shared Care eligibility

The ANSC is for women who are likely to have an uncomplicated or low risk pregnancy. If problems do arise during your pregnancy whilst on the ANSC program, you may be transferred back for hospital-based specialist care at the hospital antenatal clinic.

 

There are many benefits of shared care for both health professionals and expecting mothers:

 

Benefits of the ANSC program for expecting mothers

 

Continuity of care

The ANSC program has been designed to provide you with ongoing care throughout your pregnancy and afterwards.

Your regular GP knows you 

Your doctor knows you and your family. They will have all your medical records meaning that care for you and baby is comprehensive.

 

Flexible appointments 

Antenatal care by your doctor allows flexibility of appointments after work and on weekends.

 

No travelling to the hospital 

ANSC lessens the inconvenience of traveling to the hospital and sometimes having to wait for lengthy periods in the Antenatal Clinic.

For more information on the Antenatal Shared Care program as well as pregnancy in general, visit Health Resource Directory.

And speak to your GP about your care options.

 

ANSC benefits for health professionals

 

Enhance your professional skillset

SWSPHN regularly facilitates Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for antenatal care. This supports the requirement to complete at least 12 points of antenatal or postnatal specific CPD per triennium. 

 

Continuity of care

Feel comfortable providing ongoing care throughout your patients pregnancy and afterwards as their regular GP.

 

Lots of helpful resources for ANSC providers

There are a number of resources available for Antenatal care providers practicing in South Western Sydney. These include:

  • Bi-monthly newsletter
  • Protocols, guidelines and policies
  • Patient and clinical resources (both online links and details on how to order paper copies)
  • Interactive case studies
  • Information regarding online CPD opportunities

To access all of these, go to the SWSPHN Antenatal Shared Care Program page on HealthChat .

Detailed clinical guidance on antenatal care can be found on HealthPathways.

 

GPs wishing to participate in the GP  ANSC need to be registered with the program. Please complete the form below and return it with the relevant documents to the SWSPHN Integrated Support Officer, Delena Bailey by email [email protected]

 

Online form

Antenatal Shared Care GP Application Form

Get in touch

 For GPs who want to know more about the ANSC program.

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