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Posted on 23 Apr 2021
Incident response/review
Maternity and newborn

Applications are now closed.

Victoria’s longest standing mortality and morbidity council is seeking up to 14 new members, with a special call for people who can help address health outcomes for vulnerable populations.

The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity helps Victoria learn and improve when pregnant women, new mothers, babies and children suffer or die from severe illness, accidents or complications. 

The council is calling for applications for the 2021–2024 term, particularly from consumers, health service leaders, researchers and academics, first nations health and population and public health experts. 

“Like in previous years we continue to see significant disparities associated with those who may be considered vulnerable,” council Chair Adjunct Professor Tanya Farrell said.

“To address this we must unpack these difficulties and overcome them. We must do this for, and with, women and families who are the experts in their own lives. They know what matters most to them.”

Becoming a council member provides a unique opportunity to influence government policy and decision makers, and to inform preventative, educational and improvement programs. The council is responsible for:

  • providing independent oversight of all deaths and severe maternal morbidity
  • monitoring and interpreting trends in respect of obstetric and paediatric mortality and morbidity
  • highlighting areas that require improvement in hospital and community settings
  • identifying areas for further research
  • informing the development of policies and guidelines
  • providing advice on areas for prioritisation and investment by identifying issues that impact on the quality of care and outcomes for women, babies, children and families
  • identifying opportunities for system wide improvement and reform
  • advising on specific matters referred to the Council by the Minister for Health and the Department of Health as required.

Apply via Get On Board. 

Applications close on Friday 28 May.

Page last updated: 28 May 2021