Coffs mum represents mothers
PREGNANCY care campaigner Claire Simmonds has been appointed to a new State health taskforce.
The Coffs Harbour mother of two will represent mothers and expectant mothers on the NSW Maternal and Perinatal Health Priority Taskforce, which provides expert advice to the NSW health Department on issues concerning pregnancy, motherhood and infant health.
Apart from commenting wryly on the 'catchy title', Mrs Simmonds said she saw her new role as a consumer representative as an opportunity to bring greater attention to bear on the shortfalls in rural maternal health services and she is hoping the advisory group can help to bring rural services up towards the standard enjoyed in metropolitan centres.
"At every Sydney hospital equipped to deliver babies, there is a public pregnancy health care clinic ? it is outrageous that a centre as big as Coffs Harbour, where 900 babies are born each year, has no public service," she said.
Anyone who wants Claire Simmonds to bring issues to the attention of the NSW Maternal and Perinatal Health Priority Taskforce should contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephoning (02) 6650 9107.
Mrs Simmonds said her local action group was also broadening their campaign to the wider North Coast, as they had found problems in other areas, including Lismore.