On Friday 16 October 2015 the Victorian Minister for Health stated that over a two-year period between 2013 and 2014, there were 10 stillborn and newborn deaths at the Djerriwarrh Health Service at Bacchus Marsh, prompting an investigation. That investigation by Professor Euan Wallace, Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Services at Monash Health, found that of those 10 deaths, 7 may have been avoidable.
Further information is provided as follows.
- Slater and Gordon's media release - Investigation to widen
- There is a ‘Nurse-On-Call Djerriwarrh Support Line’ for persons with concerns about maternity care received at Djerriwarrh Health Services before March 2015. The number is 1800 675 398.
- The Coroner is said to have been informed of all of the cases of perinatal deaths at Djerriwarrh Health Services during 2013 and 2014.
- Australia’s health regulators have launched investigations into other doctors and midwives at the Djerriwarrh Health Service in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria.
In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services has published a summary of Actions undertaken to improve the safety of maternity services.
A more detailed publication by the Department focuses on:
- Improved governance
- Expert support from the Royal Women’s Hospital and Western Health
- Increased staff training and planning
- State-wide changes
Also now available online is a review of the management of the issues at Djerriwarrh Health Service (Bacchus Marsh Hospital) by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. The review was undertaken by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.