The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has again called on the Andrews Labor Government to provide funding for a Mother & Baby facility in Shepparton.
Ms Lovell has long advocated for the establishment of a Mother & Baby unit in partnership with the Goulburn Valley Health, citing the current vacuum of perinatal services for new mothers and families in the GV.
During an adjournment debate directed to the Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell demanded action from the Minister on the issue, seeking immediately funding to build a mother & baby unit in Shepparton in conjunction with the hospital to help new mothers and families cope with the many challenges that come with the arrival of a newborn.
According to socio-economic data, the Greater Shepparton local government area is one of the 10 most disadvantaged in Victoria and research has found that 15% of all new mothers in Greater Shepparton experience a mild to moderate form of post-natal depression.
Despite the obvious need for a Mother & Baby unit in Shepparton, the Andrews Government continue to ignore the needs of new mothers and families in the Goulburn Valley, instead earmarking new parenting centres in Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong.
In November 2018 the Liberal/National Coalition made an election commitment to provide $10 million to establish a 5 bed residential mother & baby unit in Shepparton.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“The evidence is overwhelming for the need for a Mother & Baby unit in Shepparton, to be established in partnership with GV Health.
“The Andrews Labor Government must stop ignoring the health needs of the Goulburn Valley community and provide immediate funding to deliver such a facility in Shepparton.”
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