ACT Legislative Assembly


Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT

The Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services is inquiring into Maternity Services in the ACT.

The Committee’s terms of reference (T of R) and other materials are accessible below.

Submissions to this inquiry are now closed.  Submissions closed on 30 June 2019.  The Committee agreed to take late submissions until COB Wednesday 30 October 2019.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Committee Secretary on (02) 6205 0136 or by email at: LACommitteeHACS@parliament.act.gov.au.

Terms of Reference

The Committee resolves to inquire into and report on the operation of maternity services across the ACT, with particular reference to:

  1. Models of care for all maternity services offered at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children (CHWC) and Calvary Public Hospital (CPH), including, but not limited to, the Birth Centre, the Canberra Midwifery Program, and the Home Birth Trial and whether there are any gaps in care;
  2. Provision of private maternity services including centre and non-centre services;
  3. Management of  patient flow, including, but not limited to, wait lists, booking services, and capacity constraints;
  4. Management of patient birthing preferences, including, but not limited to, professional advice offered to patients, and the practices associated with birthing emergencies;
  5. Interaction between the CHWC and CPH with other service areas, including, but not limited to, emergency departments, and operating theatres;
  6. The efficiency and efficacy of maternity services;
  7. The impact on maternity services on regional participants;
  8. Patient satisfaction with the services;
  9. The impact on staff including, but not limited to, rostering policies and practices, staff-to-patient ratios, optimum staffing levels, and skills mix;
  10. The impact of technological advances and innovations;
  11. Relevant experiences and learnings from other jurisdictions; and
  12. Any related matters.
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Terms of Reference PDF (87.4 KB) Word (188.5 KB)
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Submission 01 - Individual Submission PDF (167.9 KB)
Submission 02 - N. O'Conner PDF (129.4 KB)
Submission 03 - Individual Submission PDF (369.3 KB)
Submission 04 - Centre of Perinatal Excellence PDF (410.9 KB)
Submission 05 - Individual Submission PDF (198.3 KB)
Submission 06 - ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women PDF (785.4 KB)
Submission 07 - Individual Submission PDF (361.7 KB)
Submission 08 - ACT Government PDF (3.8 MB)
Submission 09 - T. Mitchell PDF (175.3 KB)
Submission 10 - K.Tasker PDF (381.8 KB)
Submission 11- K. Uddin PDF (401.4 KB)
Submission 12 - Individual Submission PDF (164.7 KB)
Submission 13 - Individual Submission PDF (2.8 MB)
Submission 14 - J. Garvan PDF (844.9 KB)
Submission 14A - J. Garvan - Attachment A PDF (472.1 KB)
Submission 15 - Individual Submission PDF (205.4 KB)
Submission 16 - Australian College of Midwives ACT Branch PDF (503.6 KB)
Submission 17 - G. Smyth PDF (196.4 KB)
Submission 18 - Women with Disabilities ACT PDF (469.6 KB)
Submission 19 - UNSW Public Service Research Group PDF (312.7 KB)
Submission 20 - Individual Submission PDF (177.7 KB)
Submission 21 - Individual Submission PDF (178.1 KB)
Submission 22 - Red Nose Australia PDF (602.9 KB)
Submission 23 - Safe Motherhood for All (Amended) PDF (2.0 MB)
Submission 23(A) - Safe Motherhood for All - Attachment A PDF (813.7 KB)
Submission 24 - Maternity Services PDF (841.6 KB)
Submission 24(A-F) - Maternity Services - Attachments A - F PDF (4.9 MB)
Submission 25 - S. Moloney PDF (466.2 KB)
Submission 26 - Australian Breastfeeding Association PDF (424.1 KB)
Submission 27 - Primary Home Birth Midwives - Centenary Hospital for Women and Children PDF (200.6 KB)
Submission 28 - PANDSI PDF (471.2 KB)
Submission 29 - C. Jamieson PDF (471.5 KB)
Submission 30 - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation PDF (234.2 KB)
Submission 31 - Not For Publication PDF (240.8 KB)
Submission 32 - Individual Submission PDF (393.6 KB)
Submission 33 - J. Campton PDF (854.5 KB)
Submission 34 - Health Care Consumers Association PDF (486.5 KB)
Submission 35 - Women's Centre for Health Matters PDF (601.5 KB)
Submission 36 - ACT Human Rights Commission PDF (826.0 KB)
Submission 37 - Not For Publication PDF (245.0 KB)
Submission 38 - K. Schlage PDF (775.1 KB)
Submission 38 - K. Schlage - Addendum PDF (688.8 KB)
Submission 39 - Individual Submission PDF (382.5 KB)
Submission 40 - Individual Submission PDF (390.6 KB)
Submission 41 - Individual Submission PDF (423.0 KB)
Submission 42 - Individual Submission PDF (429.5 KB)
Submission 43 - Individual Submission PDF (407.4 KB)
Submission 44 - Individual Submission PDF (400.9 KB)
Submission 45 - N. Shahidullah PDF (392.4 KB)
Submission 46 - C. Hooker PDF (141.5 KB)
Submission 47 - Individual submission PDF (628.1 KB)
Submission 48 - A. and C. Farnham PDF (299.5 KB)
Submission 49 - A. Gunn PDF (451.8 KB)
Submission 50 - Tresillian Family Care Centres PDF (330.3 KB)
Submission 51 - Sands Australia PDF (1.2 MB)
Submission 52 - Confidential PDF (311.8 KB)
Submission 53 - Confidential PDF (264.9 KB)
Submission 54 - Individual submission PDF (299.5 KB)
Submission 55 - Individual submission PDF (97.5 KB)

View committee hearings transcripts

Go to current public hearings schedule

Public Hearings:

9 & 11 July 2019

6 August 2019

1 & 15 October 2019

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QToN 1 - PH 11 07 2019 - PANDSI PDF (891.9 KB)
QToN 2 - PH 06 08 2019 - ACT Government PDF (227.7 KB)
QToN 3 - PH 06 08 2019 - ACT Government PDF (620.7 KB)
QToN 4 - PH 06 08 2019 - ACT Government PDF (528.3 KB)
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Correction to evidence – Public Hearing 6 August 2019 PDF (48.0 KB)
Media Release - Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT - Announcement and Call for Submissions (18 September 2018) PDF (103.5 KB)
Media Release - Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT - Extension for submissions (28 September 2018) PDF (246.6 KB)
Media Release - Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT - Opportunity for late submissions (8 October 2019) PDF (187.9 KB)

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