Adverse outcomes of labour in public and private hospitals in Australia

Stephen J Robson, Paula Laws and Elizabeth A Sullivan
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02543.x
Published online: 4 May 2009

In reply: We thank Sutherland and colleagues for their comments and acknowledge that dissemination of our research findings1 by some in the Australian media has caused unnecessary alarm.2,3 The data presented in our article show that there appear to be different risk profiles for women giving birth in the public and private sectors in Australia. We agree with Sutherland et al that the “public hospital system in Australia is designed to cater for women at risk of adverse events in pregnancy and labour, regardless of their health insurance status” and/or risk profile.

  • Stephen J Robson1
  • Paula Laws2
  • Elizabeth A Sullivan2

  • 1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, ACT.
  • 2 Perinatal and Reproductive Epidemiology Research Unit, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.



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