ALP pledges spend­ing for still­birth re­search

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

MIL­LIONS of dollars will be in­jected into re­search and aware­ness to drive down Aus­tralia’s still­birth rate if La­bor wins the next elec­tion.

The Op­po­si­tion will to­day un­veil a $5 mil­lion elec­tion prom­ise in a bid to save the life of 2200 ba­bies a year – six a day – that are still­born.

More than $1 mil­lion will be spent on re­search, which will fo­cus on the 65 per cent of still­births with no known cause.

As part of the pack­age, $1.85 mil­lion will be spent ed­u­cat­ing preg­nant women on the ben­e­fits of fall­ing asleep on their side plus $1.5 mil­lion for a preg­nancy mon­i­tor­ing app.

La­bor will also spend $150,000 to iden­tify fund­ing gaps and spend­ing pri­or­i­ties.

Still­birth Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Kate Lynch said suc­ces­sive health poli­cies had failed Aus­tralian fam­i­lies and

Queenslana tion se­ri­ous ac­tion was needed.

“This is a win for fam­i­lies ti across Aus­tralia who have been touched by still­birth and want to see more done to pre­vent it hap­pen­ing in the fu­ture,” she said.

A re­cent re­port by Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers found the eco­nomic cost of still­birth over the next five years will be $681.4 mil­lion in lost pro­duc­tiv­ity, hospi­tal fees and coun­selling, with busi­ness to bear the brunt of that cost. s

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