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Answers needed on mother-baby support

August 24, 2018

Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has again called on the Victorian Government to release details of a report into the establishment of a residential parenting support unit for new mothers in Shepparton.

Ms Sheed today wrote to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy urging her to make the Goulburn Valley Health report public so the Shepparton District community could know where the project stands.

“During the last sitting of Parliament I asked the Minister to share the report’s findings and to commit to funding a mother-baby support centre in Shepparton,” Ms Sheed said.

“While I was pleased to hear the Minister’s department was working through the report’s recommendations, it is disappointing that a fortnight later, and after the department having the report for some time, we still have no details in front of us.

“The evidence is strong in our region that access to much-needed parenting services are delayed and interventions take too long and it’s important we keep this issue on the Government’s agenda.”

Ms Sheed said after more than 20 years of advocacy for such a service, the Shepparton District community deserved to see the Government was taking their needs seriously/taking action.

“Travelling to metropolitan centres creates hardship and dislocation from community and results in many families simply giving up and not seeking the support they need,” Ms Sheed said.

“With construction on the $170m first stage of our hospital’s redevelopment well underway, we are now looking towards our community’s broader health and wellbeing needs and the welfare of our mothers and babies is central to this.

“I have asked for detailed briefing from the Minister on this report and will be pressing for the findings to be released publicly so we can continue discussions about progressing this important project at the earliest opportunity.”

ENDS

Media contact

Riahn Smith 0419 138 978│riahn.smith@parliament.vic.gov.au

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