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- mylene on Does this advertisement trivialise ... I didn't see the ad in The Age. Depressed men must favour The Herald Sun. :) more
- mylene on Why is there no rail link to the ... There's a guy and there's a deal and there's a confidentiality clause. Join the dots. ;) more
- POOR DOG on Rumour File: Vicious dog attack spills ... It was sad for both dogs, but the dog put down was the American staffy after been punched in the face at least 40 times to ... more
- Jim on Does this advertisement trivialise ... They could have at least picked a winning team to put the message out. The Demons would get anyone down at the moment! more
- Jillian on Does this advertisement trivialise ... Sadly people with depression has to fight their own personal 'DEMONS' on a day to day basis. Mental illness is on the rise ... more
- Aria Judilla on Rumour File: Vicious dog attack spills ... You're correct Mylene. Like the stupid smokers you mentioned they need to be regulated and slowly phased out from society. more
- Ivan@kinnane on Does this advertisement trivialise ... Well it certainly got everyone's attention! more
- Rob on Does this advertisement trivialise ... The lady from beyond blue who called up and said the advertisement was done to try and get men's attention, because "it's ... more
- Brian Myerson on Organ donation up by 100 per cent OTA, the Organ and Tissue Authority was established in January 2009. In Australia, for the year ended 31 December 2008 there ... more
- No Thanks on 'Cats fighting over a rancid sandwich' She's no big deal. I'm quite she there are plenty of others who could take her place. more
- Ken of Euroa on Sharp scare 'Gibbon' to Melbourne Zoo ... Wow what a story....zoo worker scratched on the finger by sharp thing! Hold the presses this is bigger than Watergate! more
- Andrew on Daisy Pearce 'overwhelmed' at being ... Poor Daisy - What chance does she have? Another first round selection by Melbourne!!!!!!! more
- Susan on Daisy Pearce 'overwhelmed' at being ... We have women's football, women's netball, women's cricket...all thriving sports for women, yet none can't get a interview ... more
- David R on Sharp scare 'Gibbon' to Melbourne Zoo ... This is news.. you will be reporting paper cuts soon!! more
- mylene on Rumour File: Vicious dog attack spills ... Dog owners are the smokers of the 21st Century. :) more
- Ivan@kinnane on Ella Hooper leaves Nine red-faced Ella was 13 when she first fronted Killing Heidi. She used to wear some provocative outfits! So interesting comments from ... more
- Ross on Rumour File: Ramping issue caused ... Agree Peninsula Ambo.Paramedics are constantly called out to attend patients who are better off seeking a GP's opinion or ... more
- Peninsula Ambo on Rumour File: Ramping issue caused ... Ramping I believe is NOT the issue here, and with all other cases in the media. The problem solely lies in the call taking ... more
- Peggy on Rumour File: Vicious dog attack spills ... The ONLY was to stop this is to punish the stupid, irrisponsible owners.You can't blame a gun for killing someone. It's the ... more
- David R on Rumour File: Ramping issue caused ... Shouldn't you be asking the Hospital staff and management why they refuse to accept patients. more
Pregnant women turned away by maternity hospitals
Pregnant women in Melbourne are being turned away by their local maternity hospitals because of a shortage of facilities in growth suburbs.
Last year, the Auditor-General reported more than 200 women had given birth in Sunshine Hospital’s emergency department because of a space shortage in the maternity unit.
Speaking with Ross and John, Health Services Commissioner Beth Wilson said better healthcare planning in the western and northern suburbs was needed.
”We know that there's a huge birthing growth in the western suburbs and the northern suburbs. (They're the) fastest growing regions in the world,” she said.
”We know that young couples are buying houses in the new suburbs. We need to make sure that we plan so that they can have accessible safe, health services.”
Ms Wilson said women were now being told if they wanted to secure a place at their preferred hospital, they would need to book by week six of their pregnancy.
But Ms Wilson said many women are unaware they are actually pregnant at that stage.
”It's pretty hard to actually know that you're pregnant at six weeks,” she said.
Victorian Minister for Health and Aging David Davis told Ross and John there was no doubt there had been significant growth in Melbourne's west, which the Baillieu government had catered for.
"There's no question that there's been a slowness over a number of years to put some services over there for people that do need it," he said.
"Particularly in the budget this year, there was money for Intensive Care at Sunshine (Hospital), but also additional maternity capacity."
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@caz, it was not my intention to denegrate any mother but it could explain the extreme influx in the birth rate, especially in the Northern and Western suburbs.GIW Tuesday 23 October, 2012 - 9:06 PM
Gee GIW and why would it matter what nationality,marital status, or religion was involved?
Mothers are mothers who all have maternal feelings and would be devastated if they lost their babies due to lack of medical help/intervention.caz Tuesday 23 October, 2012 - 12:05 PM
It is sad that pregnant women are being told on a daily basis they cannot book at Werribee. Pregnant women cannot be put on a waiting list and funding for them should not have a "number of births" limit. Government needs to step in and fund the western suburbs appropriately.Joe Garra Tuesday 23 October, 2012 - 9:52 AM
Would like to know the % of women contributing to this baby boom that are either immigrants or single mothers.GIW Tuesday 23 October, 2012 - 9:47 AM
It doesn't surprise me that western and northern suburbs are experiencing fastest birth rates. Just take a look at the demographic there.
I wonder what happens when a woman in labour turns up in one of those hospitals. Do they actually allow her to give bith in Emergency? How horrible. State government should've anticipated this problem long ago considering that certain ethnic groups do tend to have a lot more children than the rest of the society and most of them live in those suburbs.Peggy Tuesday 23 October, 2012 - 9:35 AM
This country is overpopulated the majority are unemployable on centrelink payments thats all they know and they are good at something or migrants that just stepped off the boat oh the sudanese are big breeders they just keep flooding in oh we need more hospitals duh.tammy Tuesday 23 October, 2012 - 9:29 AM