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The #SenateStillbirthInquiry is back on for the afternoon session. First up is @MCN_Advocates - very startling statistics about the significant difference in pregnancy outcomes - that is, a healthy, alive baby or not - between rural & regional areas and urban centres.
Absolutely fascinating presentation at #SenateInquiryStillbirth from Dr Dianne Payton, from Royal College of Pathologists, about perinatal pathology and autopsies/investigations of stillbirth
In short, Aus doesn’t value perinatal pathology, we don’t fund it, it is often at the bottom of the priority list, we don’t train enough people to do it, and we have very low rates of autopsy for #stillbirth - and yet it is so crucial to understanding causes & prevention.

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Sep 18, 2018
Here’s what we learned so far this morning from evidence given by the @GBRFoundation Chair in #SenateInquiry about 9 April meeting in which Turnbull offered $444m of public money to the private foundation: Thread 👇
1. Turnbull’s diary secretary contacted the GBRF Chair only 2 days before to organise the meeting - the secretary told the Chair she didn’t know what the meeting was about.
2. The meeting took place in the PM’s Sydney ministerial office
3. Present at the meeting: Turnbull, Frydenberg, 2 ministerial advisors, & GBRF Chair. No public servants.
4. The private foundation chair wasn’t asked to bring any documentation to the meeting
5. Turnbull chaired the meeting.
6. Turnbull himself offered $444m in the meeting
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Sep 7, 2018
There is a correlation between the closure of rural and remote maternity services and the higher rates of stillbirth in regional areas in Australia, the #SenateInquiryStillbirth has heard from the National Rural Health Alliance.
Earlier in hearings, the #SenateInquiryStillbirth heard that rural and regional areas of Australia have lost 40% of their maternity services.
Canada is re-opening maternity services in the form of ‘low-risk’ units - that is, without Caesarian services - within 4 hours flights of a higher-risk service, according to National Rural Health Association #SenateInquiryStillbirth
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Sep 6, 2018
The #SenateInquiryStillbirth is now getting underway in Parliament House. We will begin, as we often do, with bereaved parents giving evidence. I’m always in awe of their courage. #6babiesaday
We are beginning with the parents of Patrick, Evelyn, Hope, and Grace & Matilda. #6babiesaday #SenateInquiryStillbirth
Not all companies provide paid parental leave for stillbirth (the public system does), #SenateInquiryStillbirth hears - once again - from the parents
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Sep 5, 2018
#SenateStillbirthInquiry hearings are underway in Brisbane now. We are starting by hearing from the bereaved parents of babies Annabelle, Elliott, Sandy and Leilani. #6babiesaday
Once more, #SenateStillbirthInquiry hearing from bereaved parents who were never given antenatal information about stillbirth, its prevalence, the risks, prevention, and the gaps (and in some cases, horrible examples) in care afterwards. We have to do better. #6babiesaday
Now we are hearing from the @CREStillbirth - ‘Stillbirth is a hidden loss, and that compounds our ability to prevent it’
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Sep 5, 2018
Upon waking to the news that Julie Bishop discovered feminism last night, I thought perhaps she and others in the Liberal Party might like to read this:…
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Aug 29, 2018
As a member of @ref_council (appointed by @TurnbullMalcolm , I might add) -
I am gobsmacked that years of deliberation & consultation with First Australians on constitutional recognition ends with Tony Abbott being dispatched with some fake job title to talk to indigenous people
Here’s what this decision is: a few white men in power deciding what the Aboriginal community will be forced to accept from their government. (In this case, Tony Abbott)

How are we still in this space in 2018?
The Coalition cut hundreds of millions from Indigenous Affairs. It ignored and rejected its own Referendum Council report. It failed to act on a syphilis outbreak. We are not making enough progress on Close the Gap targets.

Now Morrison thinks Tony Abbott is the answer??
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