Maternal mortality rate still higher for rural Australians

World News Australia, SBS Radio, August 19, 2014

Australia’s maternal mortality rate is among the lowest in the world, but Indigenous Australians and women living in rural areas are disproportionately affected.

The report, released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, shows nearly one hundred maternal deaths occurred between 2006 and 2010.

However, it shows Indigenous Australians are three times more likely die during or shortly after pregnancy than non-Indigenous women.

National Maternal Mortality Advisory Committee chairman, Michael Humphrey, spoke with Brianna Piazza.

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Brianna Piazza

Journalist and travel writer.