ALP cash boost for stillbirth
MILLIONS of dollars will be injected into research and awareness to reduce 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 lives 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 about the benefits of falling asleep on their sides, plus $1.5 million will go on a real-time pregnancy monitoring app.
Stillbirth Foundation chief executive Kate Lynch said successive health policies had failed Australian families and serious action was needed.
“This is a win for families across Australia,” she said.
Labor’s health spokeswoman Catherine King described it as a “down payment”, hinting that Labor would invest more money if elected.