Summit to strengthen birthing in rural and remote Queensland

30 Sep 2013

Mt Isa is holding a unique Rural Birth Summit with the aim of strengthening birth services in the region.

Hosted by The University of Queensland’s Queensland Centre for Mothers & Babies (QCMB), the summit will bring together parents, doctors, midwives, politicians and bureaucrats to find practical solutions to strengthen maternity care in rural and remote Queensland.

Guest speaker for the day is Queensland Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg.

QCMB Director Professor Sue Kruske said Mt Isa had a unique set of circumstances when it came to maternity services.

“Mt Isa is a relatively large service, the only one that offers birthing for women across the district,” Professor Kruske said.

“It has a complex mix of women and has long had problems attracting and maintaining health staff.

“We are lucky that our current Health Minister, Lawrence Sprinborg, cares greatly about rural maternity services and this Summit provides a great opportunity to get the stakeholders to sit around the table and develop local solutions to local issues.”

The Summit is hosted by the QCMB in partnership with the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland, the Maternity Coalition, the Australian College of Midwives Qld Branch, the Statewide Maternal & Neonatal Clinical Network, and the Statewide Rural & Remote Clinical Network.

The Summit runs from 9am to 4pm at James Cook University Mt Isa, Centre for Rural & Remote Health, Community Rehab Building, 100 Joan St, Mt Isa.

Media: The Minister will address the summit at 10.20am and be available to the media at 11.30am. For more information, Andrew Dunne, QCMB Communications Manager, on 0433 364 181.