The Graffitti Method

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Women and Birth, 2005, 18 (3), pp. 22 - 26
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During the years 1999-2002 a national three-year research project was undertaken in Australia to investigate both the perceived barriers to the provision of previous termmidwiferynext term care within maternity services, and the strategies to overcome these barriers. At the start, the researchers on the Australian previous termMidwiferynext term Action Project (AMAP 2003) were confronted with a seemingly impossible task. The question was: how to access and engage a cross section of the Australian previous termmidwiferynext term workforce who represented the profession across the breadth of the continent? There are approximately 10,000 practicing midwives currently working in Australia, and they are scattered over a country that encompasses eight state and territory boundaries, and a land mass the size of Europe. With an objective to enlist the responses of the widest possible sample of midwives and being mindful of their busy day to day lives, we chose a method that fits closest to the metaphorical notion of graffiti. We saw graffiti as the tool for describing how we connect with the complex reality within and around us at a certain moment within our existence.
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