THREE new maternity hubs are being rolled out in Logan to improve the health of mums and newborn bubs in the area.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services and Member for Woodridge Cameron Dick said the community is lagging behind the state’s average on several health fronts, with the new maternity hubs to help at-risk expectant mothers.
“All Queensland children deserve the best start in life. Unfortunately, some health outcomes for Logan’s mothers and children are significantly worse than the state average,” Minister Dick said.
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“On average, pregnant women in Logan are not attending the recommended number of antenatal appointments.
“In 2014-15, 10% of Queensland mothers smoked after 20 weeks gestation, compared to 15% in Logan overall, with some areas in the community as high as 27%.
“In certain areas of Logan, the rate of low birth weight babies is more than twice the state average of 7%.”
Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business and Member for Algester Leeanne Enoch said there were a range of reasons why women were not accessing adequate antenatal care, including transport, cultural and social issues.
“These hubs have been carefully selected with these barriers to access in mind, and in consultation with the local community,” she said.
“All three locations have free on-site parking, within walking distance of public transport, and have links with other healthcare and social support services.
The new hubs, which are being delivered by Metro South Health, will be based at ACCESS Gateway in Logan Central, Browns Plains Early Learning Centre and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) in Waterford West.