Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Perinatal, Maternal Mortality Review Committee

Hon Annette King
Minister of Health

25 July 2005 Media Statement

Government establishes Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee

The Government has established a new ministerial committee that aims to reduce the numbers of preventable perinatal and maternal deaths in New Zealand.

Health Minister Annette King says she is very pleased that the 10-member Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee will meet for the first time next month. “When I made a commitment earlier this year to set up this committee, I knew there was widespread sector support, so I am delighted that the expert committee members will be able to meet so soon and start developing strategic plans to help reduce morbidity and mortality in these areas.

“We know that as child and youth mortality declines, perinatal mortality features more prominently as a cause of death in children. In 1999, 54 per cent of all infant deaths occurred in the first month of life. This proportion has risen from 42 per cent in 1989. It's possible that some of these deaths could have been prevented, and the committee’s focus will be on bringing the perinatal mortality rate down.”

Perinatal is defined as a baby whose age ranges from 20 weeks completed gestation (400 grams birthweight) to 28 completed days after birth. Maternal deaths are when women die from causes directly related to pregnancy or childbirth.

Ms King says that in 2000 five women died as a result of their pregnancy or labour. In the same year there were 544 perinatal deaths and an additional 41 late neonatal deaths, giving a total of 585 deaths. A late neonatal baby is aged between seven and 27 days old.

The new ministerial committee, like the Child and Youth Mortality Committee, will report to the Minister of Health. Together, the two statutory mortality review committees will review the deaths of all children in New Zealand. This is in line with international practice for mortality review.

Ms King says Professor Cynthia Farquhar will chair the new committee. Other members are Jacqueline Anderson, Vicki Culling, Dr Dawn Elder, Deborah Harris, Elisapeta Karalus, Associate Professor Lesley McCowan, Dr Stephanie Palmer, Mollie Wilson and Dr Jane Zuccollo.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news