Tag: Pregnancy

Healthcare

Legal

Perinatal mortality cases – what can we do better?

  In June 2014 baby Nixon Tonkin died shortly after birth at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Following an induction of labour and approximately two hours of active pushing, obstructed labour was diagnosed and a decision was made to conduct a caesarean section – during which the obstetric registrar encountered significant difficulty in disimpacting…

28 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Rethinking morbidity and mortality review meetings in maternity care

In maternity services, morbidity and mortality (M&M) review meetings play a crucial role in reducing avoidable harm, improving transparency and strengthening clinical governance; both locally and across the healthcare system. The process of M&M review allows clinicians to evaluate and reflect on clinical practice and identify areas for improvement, without blame or individual focus. Over…

21 May 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Social Policy

Sandra Dill AM on Surrogacy & Infertility

In the lead-up to the 2016 Assisted Reproductive Technology Summit we spoke to Sandra Dill AM about surrogacy and infertility, and her work with AccessAustralia. Sandra is a consumer advocate for equity of access to patient-centred healthcare achieved through ethical, evidence-based legislation and shared responsibility, engaging patients in all levels of policy decisions. Her advocacy for…

31 Oct 2016, by test test

Healthcare

The homebirth controversy: Informed consent and a child’s right

According to Homebirth Australia, the latest Australian data shows homebirth rates have increased by 56% in one year; there were 863 homebirths in 2009 and 1345 in 2010. Following this, there have been inquests around the country looking at homebirth deaths in recent years. We had the opportunity to hear from Ann Catchlove* on informed…

14 Apr 2015, by test test

Healthcare

Raising awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

FASD is a brain injury too. Our 2nd Annual National Acquired Brain Injury conference in Sydney featured on interactive panel discussion on the developments and implications for Australia of FASD. The discussion featured Vicki Russell, CEO, National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Prof Heather Douglas from TC Beirne School of Law at the University…

17 Dec 2014, by test test

Healthcare

Close-up: Sue Mier AM

Sue is a long term foster carer of a now adult daughter who has partial fetal alcohol syndrome.(pFAS). She is a founding member and current Chair of the National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and Related Disorders (NOFASARD) Sue has lobbied extensively on both a state and national level to raise awareness about Fetal Alcohol…

27 Aug 2013, by test test