Welcoming beds for babies

2023 RBWH Foundation Grant Round 1
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Project description

This collaborative patient care initiative, led by Dr Katherine White of the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit (GSNU), involves community volunteers and St Paul's Presbyterian Women's Craft Group to create culturally appropriate baby bedding with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designs.

Why this work is needed

Addressing the need for culturally appropriate care, this initiative engages community volunteers and a craft group to create baby bedding with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designs. By focusing on cot covers, sheets, and comforters, the first phase aims to improve the nursery experience for Indigenous families during admissions. The second phase involves qualitative evaluation with Indigenous caregivers and families to understand the impact of these changes and identify further opportunities for creating a culturally inclusive family-centred environment.

Expected outcomes

Anticipated outcomes include the creation of culturally appropriate baby bedding, enhancing the nursery experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families during admissions. This will foster a sense of welcome and improve family-centred care. By understanding the impact of these changes and identifying additional opportunities, ultimately, this initiative will contribute to better care experiences for vulnerable infants and their families.

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Meet the Researcher

Dr Katherine White

RBWH Grantley Stable Neonatal Unit (GSNU)

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