We have brought the Pēpi-Pod® Program to South Australia with funding from a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Rapid Applied Translation Impact Grant. The Pēpi-Pod® Program offered Aboriginal families in South Australia the opportunity to provide a safe sleep environment for their new-born babies and increased family awareness and knowledge of safe sleeping behaviours. Recruitment to trial the program has ended. We are now in the final phase of the project, asking health professionals about the feasibility and acceptability of the program.
Our project partners include the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia (AHCSA), SA Health, Port Augusta Hospital, Whyalla Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital, the Women and Children’s Hospital, and the state-wide Child and Family Health Service.
The project has three stages:
Online education ‘blitz’ for health professional staff who work with pregnant women and infants.
Engagement of Aboriginal families to trial the Pēpi-Pod®.
We acknowledge Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past and present.