Media release - Report on Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT

Media Release

Report on Inquiry into Maternity Services in the ACT

The Standing Committee on Health, Ageing and Community Services (the Committee) has made 74 recommendations in its report inquiring into maternity services in the in ACT.  The Committee’s report was tabled today—Thursday 4 June 2020.  The report can be accessed at:

‘In seeking to respond to the many issues raised in evidence to this inquiry—the Committee has been forward looking in setting out its recommendations using an overarching ethos that maternity services and models of care should at all times be woman-centred,’ the Committee Chair, Ms Bec Cody MLA, said.

The Committee Chair stated that ‘overwhelmingly evidence received to this inquiry was of the view that maternity services and models of care should be woman-centred’. The Chair added that ‘the benefits of woman-centred care for both women and care providers are well established’.

The Committee acknowledges the professional staff—doctors, nurses, allied health and other clinicians—who deliver maternity services in and across the maternity care continuum in the ACT and the vast array of non-clinical staff (including significant numbers of volunteers) who support the professionals in the delivery of these services.  The Committee also acknowledges that maternity services and care is delivered in the ACT—24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, often under significant pressure and increasing demand.

The Committee thanks all of those who contributed to its inquiry, by making submissions and/or appearing before it to give evidence.  The Committee recognises the significant commitment of time and resources, and for many the emotional heartache and distress, required to participate in an inquiry of this nature and is grateful that it was able to draw on a broad range of expertise and experience in its deliberations.  In its report, the Committee has based many of its recommendations on suggestions by inquiry participants.

The Committee Chair also commended her Committee colleagues for working so cooperatively on this wide ranging and very important inquiry.  Further information on the Committee’s inquiry can be at:,-ageing-and-community-services/Inquiry-into-the-Maternity-Services-in-the-ACT

STATEMENT ENDS—Thursday 4 June 2020


Ms Bec Cody MLA

(for comment on the inquiry)

Committee Chair

(02) 620 51448

Dr Andréa Cullen

(for further information)

Committee Secretary

(02) 620 50136