Parliamentary Friends for Maternal Health

A cross Parliamentary Friends for Maternal Health is committed to ensuring that Australian women experience respectful maternity care.

Media representatives are advised of the Launch of the Parliamentary Friends for Maternal Health. This initiative is sponsored by Ms Alicia Payne MP (member for Canberra), Dr Helen Haines MP (Member for Indi) and Mr Liew O’Brien MP (Member for Wide Bay) and is supported by Maternal Health Matters. The event will be at 7.30am on Thursday 7 September in the Dame Enid Lyons Alcove at Australian Parliament House.

Maternity care and a woman’s perception of her maternity care is a strong predictor for her postnatal recovery, her future mental health, her confidence in transitioning to mothering and the well-being of her baby and family. Women want care that considers their unique needs and is respectful. Reliable evidence supports the premise of respectful maternity care as the foundation for quality policy development and resource allocation to achieve women’s well-being, infant well-being, quality service delivery as well as service providers working to their full scope of professional practice.

The Hon Ged Kearney MP, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care and Professor Caroline Homer AO, Burnett Institute, leading midwifery researcher in Australia, will speak on how we can address these issues and reform maternity care.

The launch comes in the wake of the announcement of The Unleashing the Potential of our Health Workforce Review, which will look at how we can better help health practitioners work to the full extent of their skills and training. What better place to start than at the beginning – maternity care.

Media event date:                 7 September 2023

Date published:                     4 September 2023

Media type:                            Media release

Audience:                               Media


Ellen O’Keeffe

Maternal Health Matters

0413 225 910