Planned home and hospital births in South Australia, 1991-2006: differences in outcomes Robyn Kennare, Marc Keirse, Graeme Tucker and Annabelle Chan, MJA 192(2), 18 January 2009 You’re going to be hearing a lot from the Australian Medical Association about That… Read More ›
Australian Medical Association
The West this afternoon tells us: “Homebirth mothers win reprieve”: Pregnant women wanting to give birth at home have won a reprieve after Federal Government and the States cut a deal today to allow midwives to continue practising without insurance…. Read More ›
Update: A twitterer tells me this was just considered by the AMA and defeated – I’m looking for details. Because if they tried this once, they’ll try it again. Further update: Found it. Details are appended. ~~~ The American Medical… Read More ›
This appeared in yesterday’s West: “Urgent ED cases walk out before treatment”
More than three patients needing urgent attention leave the busy emergency departments of Perth’s major hospitals every day without being treated, new figures show. Documents obtained through Freedom of Information laws show that last year, 7215 patients across all levels of urgency attended the emergency departments at Royal Perth, Sir Charles Gairdner, Fremantle and Princess Margaret hospitals but left without being seen by a doctor.
They included 48 category 2 or “emergency” patients, typically including suspected heart attacks, and 1184 category 3 or “urgent” cases, which can include head injuries and major bleeding or fractures. Twenty of these patients were children.
This article looks at some important questions, but it fails to illuminate us on what the answers might be – and the information presented is a little misleading.
Feminism and birth in Australia: moving from stat-wrangling towards a reproductive choice perspective
I’ve been looking for the most recent official stats on homebirth and hospital birth mortality in Australia. I can’t find 2007 or 2008 figures, but there are 2006 figures available. Australia’s mothers and babies 2006 The Australian Institute of Health… Read More ›