The Childbirth Emergency Phone project is a project of the Milne Bay Provincial Health Authority. Phase 1 and Phase 2 were funded by the Australian Government. The project involved the establishment of a free-call phone number for rural health workers to phone when patients experience childbirth complications. Research findings indicated that the project led to improved communication and beneficial health outcomes for patients.
The pilot project in Milne Bay Province was handed over to the Milne Bay Provincial Health Authority in celebratory ceremonies in both Alotau and Port Moresby in October 2013. The local authority is continuing to support the program and pay the phone bills, which is a positive outcome for health workers, women and families throughout that province.