Shortage Of Qualified Doctors To Help Women Give Birth In Rural Areas

Govt. Announces A Number Of Initiatives

Shortage Of Qualified Doctors To Help Women Give Birth In Rural Areas

The Federal Government has announced a number of initiatives aimed at helping to ease the shortage of qualified doctors available to help women giving birth in rural and regional areas.

Assistant Minister for Health Dr David Gillespie told the meeting of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists that Australia is amongst the safest places in the world to have a baby, but there is room for improvement.

Dr Gillespie says many regional and rural GP's provide maternity services because specialists are not available, but the ongoing shortage of obstetricians in rural areas is due to poor distribution rather than low overall numbers.

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