From the President

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review - Proposed New Descriptor for Item 16522

In view of considerable unexplained variation in the use of item 16522, a new descriptor has been proposed for this item. The detail in the suggested new description has been greatly increased in an attempt to make the item less open to varied interpretation. Members are invited to provide This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  on the proposed new description, with feedback to be conveyed to members of the MBS Review for consideration.  

College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Welcomes Government's Initiative on Maternity Services in Australia

10 September 2008

For Immediate Release

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has officially welcomed the Federal Government's initiative to review maternity services in Australia.

'Today Australia is one of the safest countries in which to give birth and for some time has recorded lower maternal and perinatal mortality rates than similar countries', said RANZCOG President, Dr Christine Tippett today.

'It is crucial that any reforms to the delivery of maternity services are carefully evaluated to ensure that they do not have an adverse effect on mothers and babies in Australia.

'It is essential that all health workers providing maternity health services, work together to provide the best outcomes for mothers and babies. Trust and cooperation between all those involved in maternity care is vital to the provision of safe maternity care.

'It is timely that issues of funding, access and the effective use of the maternity workforce be addressed', said Dr Tippett.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Julia Serafin
Media & Communications Senior Coordinator
RANZCOG
(w) 03 9412 2961 
(m) 0488 367 476

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