Rural Maternity Taskforce

The Rural Maternity Taskforce is a panel of rural consumers, maternity experts, clinicians and health service decision-makers, led by Dr John Wakefield, Deputy-Director General, Clinical Excellence Queensland, Queensland Health. It has been established at the request of Dr Steven Miles, Minister for Health and Ambulance Services to:

  • engage with key stakeholders in rural and remote Queensland regarding access to and provision of safe and sustainable woman-centred care.
  • gain an understanding of the issues, concerns, and expectations in those communities.
  • enable the development of appropriate recommendations that support and enable the provision of suitable woman-centred care as close as possible to where women live, whilst enabling good outcomes for mothers and babies in rural and remote communities.

What the taskforce will achieve:

  • A report on current maternity services, which will include an analysis of the factors that affect access to and safety of services, and outcomes for mothers and babies.
  • A decision-support guide, known as the Rural and Remote Maternity Services Planning Framework, to assist Hospital and Health Services with planning, developing and delivering rural and remote maternity services.

Public submissions: Rural Maternity

The Rural Maternity Taskforce invited individuals and organisations to send in submissions from 3 December 2018 to 18 February 2019 regarding the following:

  • issues concerning the safety or quality of current rural and remote maternity services in Queensland
  • actions/suggested approaches that could be taken to address identified issues.

The submission process has now closed.

The submissions received were considered by the Taskforce and used to inform the recommendations and outcomes of the taskforce.

Rural Maternity Taskforce Terms of Reference

Focus groups

Focus groups were held in five rural and remote locations in February and April 2019. The sites selected visited were Chinchilla, Ingham, Mount Isa, Roma, and Theodore.

The discussions held at these forums are contributing to the development of resources and strategies that support the planning, developing and delivery of rural and remote maternity services Statewide.

Queensland Maternity Summit

The Queensland Maternity Summit will be held in Cairns on 18 and 19 June 2019. Key findings from the Taskforce Report will be presented 19 June, along with feedback from the public submissions and key focus groups. The Rural and Remote Maternity Services Planning Framework will be shared and tested with key stakeholders.

The Maternity Summit is invite only. Key stakeholders from across the state have been invited to attend. Only people that have received confirmation of their registration and a ticket for attendance will be admitted.

If you would like to receive updates on the progress of the Rural Maternity Taskforce please contact:

Last updated: 29 May 2019