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Series ID20276
Previous System LocationSRS1197/1/48
TitleReports of the Queensland Committee for the Study of Maternal Deaths
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Start Date Circa 1/1/1961
End Date Circa 31/12/1969
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Committee formed to enquire into the causes of maternal deaths and make recommendations

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Agency IDTitleFromTo
126Health and Home Affairs Department 1/1/1961 26/9/1963
105Department of Health 26/9/1963 31/12/1969
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Queensland Health
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Series IDTitleRelationship
20260Maternal and Child Welfare Annual ReportsMaternal mortality rates
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"Report of the Queensland Committee for the Study of Maternal Deaths" 1961 - 1965; 1967 - 1969
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Description

This series comprises two reports of the Queensland Committee for the Study of Maternal Deaths which was established to investigate maternal mortality rates.

Maternal mortality rates were recorded in the Annual Reports of Child Welfare from 1929.

In 1960 the maternal death rate in Queensland was causing serious concern as it was the highest in Australia. A committee was established to enquire into the causes of maternal deaths and to make recommendations as to how the incidence might be reduced:

On receipt of a notification of a maternal death a questionnaire covering all aspects of the medical history was sent to the doctor who had cared for the patient. The purpose of the enquiry which was of a confidential nature was to determine if there were any avoidable factors leading to the death of the mother, and if so to advise the doctor as to how these factors might be prevented in the future.

All maternal deaths were reported, discussed and assessed. As a result of the discussion, it was felt that practitioners would benefit from advice in the management of problems. A number of bulletins giving advice on various procedures which might be carried out in obstetric emergencies were prepared and distributed. Specialist obstetricians were made available to country doctors for telephone consultations any time of the day or night.

The effectiveness of the work of the committee can be gauged by the decline of the maternal death rate. In 1970, Queensland recorded its lowest maternal mortality rate in many years. The work of the Maternal Mortality Committee was ongoing as reported in the 1984 Queensland Health and Medical Services Annual Report.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Series ID 20276, Reports of the Queensland Committee for the Study of Maternal Deaths
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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