Supporting maternity services

25 April 2021

On Tuesday 16 March 2021, the key topic at Parliament House was the protection and reinstatement of rural maternity units.

Dr Vijay Roach joined the RDAA President Dr John Hall, to deliver a message from Mural-Hall Gallery to a room filled with politicians and dignitaries, including Deputy PM Michael McCormack, Federal Minister for Regional Health Mark Coulton MP, National Rural Health Commissioner Professor Ruth Stewart, and more than 100 rural doctors, industry leaders and other stakeholders.

The focus was on the value of rural maternity units to the community as a whole and the need to protect them from downgrading or permanent closure.  

Dr Roach made a passionate address acknowledging the traditional owners of this land, their elders; past, present and emerging. He reminded his audience of RANZCOG’s dedication to, “Training the next generation of health practitioners who will care for Australian women, wherever they may be.”

Dr Roach highlighted the many benefits of building a maternity unit and said, “It will grow additional services that will benefit farmers, Indigenous Australians, the people outside our cities who contribute to the soul of this country... watch a town grow, watch a community grow, watch a boost to our productivity as a nation… The women of the outback are entitled to and have a right to expect the same standard of care as their metropolitan counterparts.”

It was an emotional and convincing address; the message in the end was clear. “Supporting maternity services in rural and remote communities offers us an opportunity to both improve access to health care and create a society that genuinely values women.” 

Dr Roach's speech can be read in full in the next edition of O&G Magazine - Rural and Remote care. Out in June 2021.

Maha Sidaoui
Publications Coordinator
O&G Magazine



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