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Aboriginal midwives walk to close the gap in healthcare in Indigenous communities

Date posted: 4 May 2017

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives led by Leona McGrath, Indigenous Health Advisor, New South Wales (NSW) Government and Dr Donna Hartz from the National Centre for Cultural Competence at the University of Sydney will walk through Redfern, Sydney, on Friday 5 May to celebrate International Day for the Midwife and highlight a number of key issues in the sector.

They will be highlighting some Indigenous Midwifery facts like: there are only 230 Indigenous midwives nationally and a further 618 are needed; Indigenous mothers are three times more likely to die as their non-Indigenous counterparts and that Indigenous babies up until the age of one are twice as likely to die as non-Indigenous babies.

Dr Hartz stated 'Aboriginal women in Australia have significantly worse pregnancies than non-Indigenous women. In fact, they fare worse on just about every health measure and yet all the evidence tells us there will be no significant improvement in the shocking rates of poor Indigenous health until we significantly improve the health of Indigenous women.'



Last updated: 4 May 2017
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