ALP pledges spending for stillbirth research
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