Shared Antenatal Care

Shared Antenatal Care in Cranbourne

What is Shared Antenatal Care?

Shared care is an arrangement between a birthing hospital or other birth setting and a local practitioner, usually a GP. You see your GP for some pregnancy appointments, and you also have hospital appointments in early and later pregnancy. In some rural areas, the GP is at the birth.
Many public hospitals offer GP shared care. This would include Casey Hospital and Frankston Hospital.
If you live in a rural area, some of your regular pregnancy appointments might be with your GP.
Shared care is an option only for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies.
In Australia, GPs who provide shared care must have extra training and qualifications and a special agreement with a birthing hospital.

Why some women like Shared Antenatal Care

Some women like shared care because they’re familiar with their GP, their GP knows their medical history, and the care is usually close to home. If English is your second language, your GP might speak your first language and know about your cultural needs.
Finding a GP you feel comfortable with means that you can get to know each other and talk openly. A GP who knows you can help you make good choices about your care.

Arranging Shared Antenatal Care

If you’re interested in shared care, you can call us at the clinic to get more information or book in with Dr Preveena Nair to discuss further. She is available every Wednesday.

Cost of Shared Antenatal Care

If you’re eligible for Medicare rebates, you will get a higher rebate of $40.10 back from Medicare for a standard appointment. Your out of pocket cost will be $32 for a 15 minute appointment. This will be higher for a 30 minute appointment.

Want more information?

Call (03) 5611 3365 to speak to a friendly patient concierge

or book an appointment here