ALP cash boost for still­birth

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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