Maternal deaths in Australia, 1997–1999

James F King, Emma K Slaytor and Elizabeth A Sullivan
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb06361.x
Published online: 18 October 2004

Many maternal deaths in Australia are still preventable

  • 1 Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 AIHW National Perinatal Statistics Unit, Sydney, NSW.


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  • 5. Haynes K, Stone C, King J. Major morbidities associated with childbirth in Victoria. Obstetric haemorrhage and associated hysterectomy. Melbourne: Public Health Group, Department of Human Services, 2004.


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