Alistair Brightman

Rural QLD maternity services motion passed overnight

IN A win for Queensland women, the Queensland Parliament last night voted to support the LNP's plan to allow women to continue to have the choice to deliver their babies locally.

Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle said mothers-to-be with low-risk pregnancies would be able have their children in rural and remote regions.

Mr McArdle said it also meant the Palaszczuk-Gordon Government was morally compelled to commit to provide further rural services at Charters Towers, Yarrabah, Mossman and Cloncurry by the end of the Parliamentary term.

"The LNP wants Queensland to be the best place to live and raise a family, starting from the very moment our newest Queenslanders are born," Mr McArdle said. 

"Reopening of rural hospital birthing services will allow women to give birth close to home, and complements the outstanding ante-natal and post-natal care currently provided by midwifery groups.

"Under this model, midwives work closely with doctors, using national midwifery and best practice guidelines, to ensure safe outcomes for patients.

"I'm extremely proud the LNP's plan to reopen rural maternity services to better support Queensland mothers-to-be has now been endorsed by the Queensland Parliament."

Mr McArdle said low-risk pregnancies were those where the ante-natal period is not complex and where the mother does not have a complex medical and obstetric history.

Women with higher risk pregnancies will need to continue accessing specialist care as required.

"Each year about 180 women travel from these regions to have their babies elsewhere and this plan means they will no longer be forced to unnecessarily leave home to have their babies," he said.

"This is a testament to former Health Minister Lawrence Springborg's achievements in the health portfolio.

"Queenslanders deserve to have access to the best quality health care, regardless of where they live and the LNP is determined to see they receive it." 

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