Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Review into maternity services complete

    9/11/2015 7:00 AM
    • Report helps plan for future maternity services in Perth's non-tertiary hospitals
    • Department of Health to discuss the proposals with stakeholders
    • In 2014, there were 12,669 births in public metropolitan non-tertiary hospitals 

    Health Minister Kim Hames today released the Report on Review of Maternity Services in metropolitan non-tertiary public hospitals.


    The review, led by Professor Con Michael, a senior and experienced obstetrician, was undertaken to determine the configuration of maternity services in the Perth metropolitan area. During the review, Professor Michael visited and consulted with key staff from tertiary and non-tertiary metropolitan hospitals.


    The report makes 14 recommendations, including:

    • the discontinuation of maternity services at Bentley Hospital, when possible
    • a reconfiguration of metropolitan maternity services to allow for the safe absorption of increased birth numbers
    • where possible, the introduction of a caseload midwifery model, in those hospitals providing maternity services. 

    "WA Health is currently undergoing significant changes to maternity services in the metropolitan area," the Minister said.


    "This includes the recent opening of Fiona Stanley Hospital and the simultaneous closure of Kaleeya Hospital; as well as the commissioning this month of the St John of God Midland Public Hospital and the simultaneous closure of Swan Districts Hospital.


    "It is important that we put plans in place now so we can secure our maternity services well into the future.  I am confident it will provide us with the right blueprint to ensure we can continue to provide safe and high quality maternity services across the metropolitan area."


    Thanking Professor Michael for his comprehensive review, Dr Hames said the Department of Health would now meet with stakeholders, develop a plan around the recommendations, and report back to the Minister.


    Fact File

    • On February 22, 2012, the Health Minister announced a review of maternity services, including Bentley Hospital, would be undertaken once Fiona Stanley Hospital was open
    • The terms of reference were:
      • review the provision of maternity services in metropolitan non-tertiary public hospital to ensure quality, safety and efficiency of these services
      • review the staffing arrangements for maternity services provided by metropolitan non-tertiary public hospitals and make recommendations where any deficiency is identified
      • consider the implementation of accepted contemporary models of care, and the optimal number and configuration of maternity services in metropolitan non-tertiary hospitals and at which sites

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