Get Healthy in Pregnancy

Coming soon: Free support for your patients to Get Healthy in pregnancy

In 2015, NSW Health launched a gestational weight gain enhancement to its Get Healthy Information and Coaching Service® known as Get Healthy in Pregnancy (GHiP). This free phone-based coaching service aims to support women during pregnancy to set and achieve personal goals relating to healthy eating, physical activity and a corresponding healthy weight gain, thereby maximising healthy outcomes for both mother and baby.

GHiP is designed to complement the antenatal care provided by midwives, general practitioners and obstetricians. A randomised controlled trial in five antenatal clinics across NSW in 2014 showed GHiP can effectively assist clinicians to provide support to women regarding healthy weight gain during pregnancy, a key recommendation and practice point as per the Clinical Practice Guidelines — Antenatal Care Module I.

NSW Health is currently engaging all public maternity services across NSW to refer patients at their booking appointment to this service. This is a key intervention of the Childhood Overweight and Obesity Premier’s Priority.

In late 2017 the focus will be on enlisting registered nurses, allied health staff and general practitioners, aiming to refer women early in pregnancy to the GHiP. Your practice will be supported to facilitate the implementation of GHiP with education sessions, resources, and dedicated tailored support from NSW Health. This aims to provide practices with the opportunity to transition to using GHiP in antenatal and shared care of their women maximising uptake of this NSW Health funded service.

For more information on Get Healthy in Pregnancy please visit: www.gethealthynsw.com.au/tailored-programs

If you would like further information on how you can refer pregnant women from your practice please contact Justine Salisbury on 8738 6503.