Some current research
Understanding community attitudes and identifying design solutions to increase women’s comfort with breastfeeding in public
Lisa Amir, Stephanie Amir, Helene Johns. Collaborators: Julie Rudner (Senior Lecturer, Planning, LTU), Jenny Donovan (Inclusive Design), Miranda Buck (Australian Breastfeeding Association), Sinead Currie (University of Stirling), Pat Hoddinott (University of Stirling)
This project explores design features and community attitudes that invite or deter breastfeeding in public. We undertook conducted interviews and focus groups with breastfeeding mothers in three local government areas in 2016 (Rural City of Swan Hill, City of Greater Bendigo and City of Melbourne) and at the Royal Women’s hospital in 2018. We received input from over 80 mothers speaking five languages, as well as health professionals and council planning staff. Using the data, we developed design guidelines that outlined how a range of everyday shared spaces could become breastfeeding-friendly as well as the optimal design characteristics for dedicated breastfeeding spaces.
Funding: Building Health Communities Research Focus Area, La Trobe University.
Maternity and newborn emergencies (MANE) program evaluation
Della Forster, Helen McLachlan, Michelle Newton, Meabh Cullinane, Stefanie Zugna
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has funded the Maternity and Newborn Emergencies (MANE) program, which is auspiced and run by The Royal Women’s Hospital Maternity Services Education Program (MSEP) for regional and rural public maternity providers. To inform the ongoing development of the content, design and delivery of the program, a team from Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University, is currently conducting an evaluation of MANE. This evaluation is being conducted over a three-year period from 2017 to 2020. All rural and regional maternity service providers currently receiving MANE have the opportunity to participate in the evaluation, with in-depth case studies conducted at five maternity service sites.
Funding: The Department of Health and Human Services