ACT Legislative Assembly

Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT

The Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services invites submissions to its Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT.

Written submissions should be lodged with the Committee Secretary by close of business on Thursday, 31 January 2019 (extended from Friday, 07 December 2018).

The Committee prefers all submissions to be lodged in electronic form (Word format), although handwritten submissions are acceptable. All submissions, including those sent electronically, must include a name, an email address, a postal address and a telephone contact number. Personal contact details will not be published.

Submissions should be forwarded to:

  • The Committee Secretary, Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services, Legislative Assembly for the ACT, GPO Box 1020, CANBERRA ACT 2601.
  • Email:

Preparing a submission:

  • Submissions may be the form of a letter, a short document or a more substantial paper.
  • While submissions do not have to address all the terms of reference for an inquiry, they must be relevant to the terms of reference, in whole or in part.
  • Submissions can also identify desired actions or recommendations for the committee's consideration.

Further information on how to lodge a submission is available at:

The Committee intends to hold public hearing in the New Year to assist the Inquiry. Please indicate in your written submission if you would like to appear before the Committee. Please be aware that the final witness selection rests with the Committee.

For any further enquiries, please contact the Committee Secretary on (02) 6205 0136 or by email at:

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.
Terms of Reference PDF (87.4 KB) Word (188.5 KB)
Submission 01 - A. Brass PDF (342.6 KB)
Submission 02 - N. O'Conner PDF (221.2 KB)
2018 11 28 Media Release - Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT - Extension for submissions PDF (246.6 KB) Word (173.1 KB)
Media Release - Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT - Announcement and Call for Submissions PDF (103.5 KB) Word (205.0 KB)


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