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Maternal deaths in Australia

William AW Walters, Jane B Ford, Elizabeth A Sullivan and James F King
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (9): 413-414.
Published online: 6 May 2002

The latest triennial review of maternal deaths showed a rise in the maternal death ratio. Whether this represents a new trend or just a statistical fluctuation remains to be seen.

The Report on maternal deaths in Australia, 1994–961 was released in September 2001. It is the eleventh in a series of triennial reports that detail maternal deaths in a case summary format. The principal aim of the Report is to improve the quality and safety of healthcare during pregnancy and the puerperium through the education of obstetric practitioners.

  • William AW Walters1
  • Jane B Ford2
  • Elizabeth A Sullivan3
  • James F King4

  • 1 Discipline of Reproductive Medicine, University of Newcastle, NSW.
  • 2 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Perinatal Statistics Unit, Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick, NSW.
  • 3 Department of Perinatal Medicine, Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


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