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‘Baby Coming You Ready?’

Baby Coming You Ready? (BCYR) is a culturally safe, perinatal mental health assessment which supports trust and engagement between professionals and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and fathers.

BCYR uses a web-based, touch screen mobile application. Sensitive images and Aboriginal voice-overs guide users through specified areas that may be affecting families’ health or well-being using a strength-based and family-centred approach.

  • The Digitised BCYR Application

    The BCYR app has been tested with a group of Aboriginal Mums and Dads who had become parents within the last two years. They reported feeling like they had more control in perinatal clinical settings and that they felt more able to recognise their strengths and make choices for themselves.

    We thank all the families who participated in making sure this rubric serves Aboriginal families.

    Melanie Robinson with Krystal and baby Issac testing the BCYR rubric.

  • Training Practitioners to Implement BCYR

    Many skilled practitioners committed their knowledge and experience to ensure BCYR can be embedded into clinical practice to improve health and well-being outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

    All practitioners who implement the BCYR app are required to undertake the three-tiered BCYR training. This ensures:

    • A baseline understanding of cultural safety and competence when working alongside Aboriginal families.
    • A deeper understanding and capacity to work within the context of trauma, including intergenerational trauma and post-traumatic stress.
    • The ability to respond to the variety of needs, concerns and questions that often arise through the course of implementing BCYR.

    This dedicated team are taking BCYR to roll out across perinatal health care sectors.  These include, Boodjari Yorgas (Armadale Health Service), Fiona Stanley Hospital, Moort Boodjari Mia (St John of God Midland Public Hospital), Ngala, the Aboriginal Health Teams at Child and Adolescent Community Health (CACH), Women’s and Family Services Northbridge and WAPHA.

  • BCYR Going Forward

    From June 2020, the BCYR pilot will be rolled out in six Perth and outer metro sites and four rural and regional sites in Western Australia. Pilot sites are a mix of government, non-government and private organisations providing antenatal and/or postnatal care for Aboriginal women.