SWSPHN Antenatal Shared Care Program

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Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) is an option offered to all pregnant women who are assessed as suitable for the program. Care is provided collaboratively by the general practitioner (GP) and the hospital-based service.

The ANSC program aims to:

  • Provide pregnant women with flexibility, choice, and continuity of care
  • Cater for the preferences and needs of women from culturally and diverse backgrounds
  • Enhance the skills of GPs caring for women during pregnancy
  • Promote communication between GPs and the participating hospitals

To provide ANSC to pregnant women who are giving birth in South Western Sydney Local Health District hospitals, GPs must be recognised as an ANSC provider. To become a recognised provider, a GP completes the application and attends a mandatory ANSC orientation session.

To maintain ANSC recognition GPs must complete 3 hours of pregnancy-related continuous professional development (CPD) each year. Evidence of CPD attendance is to be provided to SWSPHN.

CPD hours can be recorded across different types of activities. To ensure the relevance of any external CPD, please consult the list of eligible ANSC topics.

The May 2024 issue of the Baby Monitor is now available

Issue 21 of the Baby Monitor, the SWSPHN Antenatal Shared Care newsletter, is now available to download. You can access it here or from the newsletter folder in the documents section.

Quick Link to HealthPathways

Maternity service phone numbers by hospital

ContactsBankstownBowralCampbelltownCamdenFairfieldLiverpool
ANC fax9722 83984861 01874634 47004654 61709616 85218738 3216
ANC phone9722 83334861 02244634 49634654 62229616 85078738 4197
Booking no.9722 83334861 02244634 49634654 62229616 85078738 4197
Birthing Unit9722 78704861 02244634 40999616 82608738 5626
Genetics Clinic8738 4665 (district-wide service)
GP Liaison Midwife0484 627 228 or 0402 792 820
Pregnancy Complications
<20/40ED or EPAS
9722 8333
EDED or EPAS
4634 4724 / 0437 963 828
EDED or EPAS
8738 5632
> 40Birthing Unit
For urgent, referral contact the Birthing Unit. For advice, contact the ANSC Liaison midwife


Antenatal Shared Care (ANSC) is an option offered to all pregnant women who are assessed as suitable for the program. Care is provided collaboratively by the general practitioner (GP) and the hospital-based service.

The ANSC program aims to:

  • Provide pregnant women with flexibility, choice, and continuity of care
  • Cater for the preferences and needs of women from culturally and diverse backgrounds
  • Enhance the skills of GPs caring for women during pregnancy
  • Promote communication between GPs and the participating hospitals

To provide ANSC to pregnant women who are giving birth in South Western Sydney Local Health District hospitals, GPs must be recognised as an ANSC provider. To become a recognised provider, a GP completes the application and attends a mandatory ANSC orientation session.

To maintain ANSC recognition GPs must complete 3 hours of pregnancy-related continuous professional development (CPD) each year. Evidence of CPD attendance is to be provided to SWSPHN.

CPD hours can be recorded across different types of activities. To ensure the relevance of any external CPD, please consult the list of eligible ANSC topics.

The May 2024 issue of the Baby Monitor is now available

Issue 21 of the Baby Monitor, the SWSPHN Antenatal Shared Care newsletter, is now available to download. You can access it here or from the newsletter folder in the documents section.

Quick Link to HealthPathways

Maternity service phone numbers by hospital

ContactsBankstownBowralCampbelltownCamdenFairfieldLiverpool
ANC fax9722 83984861 01874634 47004654 61709616 85218738 3216
ANC phone9722 83334861 02244634 49634654 62229616 85078738 4197
Booking no.9722 83334861 02244634 49634654 62229616 85078738 4197
Birthing Unit9722 78704861 02244634 40999616 82608738 5626
Genetics Clinic8738 4665 (district-wide service)
GP Liaison Midwife0484 627 228 or 0402 792 820
Pregnancy Complications
<20/40ED or EPAS
9722 8333
EDED or EPAS
4634 4724 / 0437 963 828
EDED or EPAS
8738 5632
> 40Birthing Unit
For urgent, referral contact the Birthing Unit. For advice, contact the ANSC Liaison midwife


  • Safer Baby Bundle Update

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    According to the Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence (Stillbirth CRE) the stillbirth rate in Australia is higher than other top performing countries . In many cases stillbirth is preventable and research shows 20-30% of late gestation stillbirths could be avoided with better care , which has led to the Stillbirth CRE to develop a national initiative with five evidence-based elements to address key areas where improved practice can reduce the number of stillborn babies . The Safer Baby Bundle (SBB) consists of 5 target areas which can be modified in order to reduce the risk of stillbirth :

    General Practitioners (GP) are well placed to be:

    • initiating early risk assessments for FGR,

    • providing counsel and support for women identified as requiring smoking cessation advice and referral,

    • providing education to women about normal fetal movements, when to be concerned and what to do when concerned regarding fetal movements.

    • Provide education around safe maternal sleeping positions such as side sleeping during pregnancy.

    The SBB online modules are compulsory for ANSC Recognised Providers. The modules include resource videos for clinicians as well as resources and waiting room videos. A short, GP specific video has been developed- click to watch.

    The video below is a recent update from the Stillbirth CRE regarding the SBB progress.


  • ALERT: Safety notice STREP A in paediatric and pregnancy populations

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    The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) has updated the Safety Alert for Streptococcus A to both paediatric and pregnant/ postnatal populations. For full Safety Alert details, please click the image.

  • Smoking Cessation- The Quit for New Life Program

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    General Practitioners can refer pregnant women, or partners of pregnant women, to the Quit for New Life Smoking Cessation Program.

    Details of the program are below. To access the referral, please click on the image.


  • ALERT: Group A streptococcus in pregnant women

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    SWSLHD wishes to bring to the attention of GPs providing antenatal care the incidence of positive Group A streptococcus cases amongst pregnant women in South West Sydney.

    Linked below is a recent Safety Notice from NSW Health relating to Maternal sepsis due to invasive Group A streptococcus (iGAS) cases with considerations for newborns and peripartum women. Group A streptococcus infections amongst antenatal and postpartum women can cause rapid deterioration.

    If identified, transfer to hospital for rapid and aggressive treatment is required. Please consider signs and symptoms if you have unwell pregnant or postnatal women presenting to your practice.


  • Rethinking Prenatal Screening- a free CPD Event

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Accessibility to non-invasive prenatal testing is changing in South West Sydney.

    Expert presenters will engage and inform GPs and obstetricians about the upcoming changes to prenatal testing within South West Sydney Local Health District at this free event. Click the image to register.

    NIPT – how it works and potential pitfalls in screening. Professor Jon Hyett

    NIPT Technologies – Value of SNPs. Mark Hajjar

    Integrating NIPT into first trimester pregnancy assessment. A/Professor Indika Alahakoon

    Plans for first trimester pregnancy assessment in SWSLHD. Prof Jon Hyett

    The value of carrier screening: US experience. Mark Hajjar

    Jon Hyett is a Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Western Sydney University, and Clinical Academic Specialist, Obstetrics and Materno-Fetal Medicine, Liverpool Hospital and South Western Sydney Local Health District

    Indika Alahakoon is a Clinical Assoc. Professor in MFM - Fetal Medicine University of Sydney, Senior Staff Specialist - Westmead Hospital, Consultant Obstetrician and Sonologist - Centre for Women’s Ultrasound Westmead and Bella Vista

    Mark Hajjar is a Medical Science Liaison with Natera, USA.

    Click on the image to register for this event.

    The event is sponsored by Natera, the NIPT service under agreement with NSW Health and SWSLHD. CPD should be self recorded for this event.

  • *NEW* Updated Antenatal Shared Care Guidelines and Protocol/Quickguide

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    The Antenatal Shared Care Guidelines provide direction and clinical guidance to recognised ANSC GP providers. The Guidelines have been reviewed and updated to be in line with changes to antenatal care provision as directed by NSW Health and the Pregnancy Care Guidelines (2021).

    Updates include strategies aimed to identify risk of stillbirth and fetal growth restriction through the Safer Baby Bundle.

    The associated ANSC Protocol, has also been updated to align with the ANSC Guidelines.

    Both the Guidelines and Protocol can be found within the ANSC Folder.

    Please discard previous versions of the Guidelines and Protocol.

  • CPD: Online module- Cytomegalovirus and syphilis in pregnancy

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    Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is 30 times more common than Toxoplasmosis and Listeria.

    In Australia, more than 400 babies every year are born with a life-long disability caused by CMV, including deafness, epilepsy, intellectual impairment, cerebral palsy and, in rare, cases death. This makes CMV the most common infectious cause of disabilities in newborn babies.(Cerebral Palsy Alliance)

    An online CPD module is available through Praxhub, providing 1.5CPD self-record points, to provide further information to GPs about CMV. An account with Praxhub is required to access the activity, accessible here.

  • BiMP- How to Guide for GPs

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    Early engagement for pregnant women to antenatal care is critical. Pregnant women need to be connected with their hospital antenatal clinic by 13 weeks gestation, which means that the woman requires a referral earlier than 12 weeks gestation.

    Women can connect themselves to the antenatal clinic via the self referral service: Booking in My Pregnancy (BiMP). She still requires a GP referral prior to attending her appointment.

    General Practitioners can also refer women directly to the antenatal clinic via BiMP.

    Simple instructions for clinician use of BiMP can be found here.

    Poster resources in English, Arabic, Vietnamese, and combined language are available in the Resource Folder.

  • Calling all GPs! Antenatal Redesign Focus Groups

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    South West Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) Maternity Services is undertaking one of the largest scale redesign projects ever attempted within the history of the Local Health District. The Antenatal Redesign Project is seeking to change a 100 year old system of antenatal care.

    The overall purpose of the project is to provide safe, equitable care that is accessible to all women and broaden the implementation of first trimester screening. Three working parties have been established and each include representatives from the General Practitioners of South West Sydney. The first working party is focused on consumer information and engagement, with a priority on women receiving timely and culturally specific information. The second working party has an emphasis on the referral processes, with the last working party focusing on the coordination of first trimester screening for all women in SWSLHD.

    The consumer information and engagement working party wants to hear directly from all general practitioners. Focus group sessions have been set aside to hear from you, for you to provide your thoughts on antenatal care, and how to improve systems and processes between GP’s and SWSLHD hospitals.

    Should you have any questions about the focus groups or would like to be involved and cannot attend a session, please contact Nicole Grieg- Antenatal Redesign Project Manager- via Nicole.grieg@health.nsw.gov.au or 0419 440 943.

  • Booking in My Pregnancy (BiMP)

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    Booking in My Pregnancy (BiMP) is an online questionaire that women complete to register their pregnancy with their local maternity service within South West Sydney Local Health District. Women complete the questionaire via their computer or personal device, and at completion a PDF summary is generated and automatically sent to their local hospital.

    The woman can access the questionaire via scanning the QR code or through the link.

    The online questionaire facilitates the identification of risk factors that the woman may have which can impact their pregnancy.

    The questionaire can be completed in English, Arabic or Vietnamese. An English PDF version is sent to the hospital automatically. From there the hospital will contact the woman to book her first appointment.

    The address that the woman enters into the questionaire is geo-locked to that location, and the PDF summary is sent to the hospital local to that nominated address.

    There is an option for the GP to complete either the questionaire on behalf of the woman or a referral via the BiMP landing page.

    All information collected via the questionaire is kept securely on the South West Sydney Local Health District computer servers.



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