Midwives and doctors working in some of the most remote corners of our state are set to be rotated through bigger hospitals to maintain their skills.
The state government will trial sending clinicians from rural and remote hospitals to metropolitan and even interstate facilities.
Birthing services significantly declined across Queensland between 1996 and 2005, with a majority of the losses in rural and remote areas, along with further declines in recent years.
It has forced women to travel long distances and some have given birth on the roadside.
The trial comes on top of LABOR’s push to retain skilled professionals in the regions – to prevent further declines in rural maternity services.