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 was established at the request of The Honourable Steven Miles MP, Minister for Health and Minister for 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.

Taskforce achievements:

  • A report on current maternity services, which includes:
    • a discussion of the findings from the stakeholder engagement processes/forums
    • an overview of the themes from the public submission process
    • 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 has been developed and is currently being finalised.

Queensland Maternity Summit

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

The 2019 Maternity Summit Communique provides a summary of the discussions from the 2 day event . Read our 2019 Maternity Summit Communique.


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Last updated: 29 July 2019