Report on Maternal and Child Welfare
At the invitation of the government of the commonwealth of Australia, Dame Janet M. Campbell, senior medical officer of the ministry of health of England, visited Australia last year and investigated the conditions of maternal and infant welfare. Her report has now been issued and it embodies recommendations that will doubtless form the basis of an Australian maternal and infant welfare program in the future.
The report first considers the maternal mortality rate in Australia (deaths per thousand live births). The disquieting fact is brought to light that the rate for 1928 was 5.98: a rate, the report states, that is not only excessive in itself but is the highest rate on record for Australia during the period under review (1911-1928). This rate is higher than that for England and Wales, and is more than double the rate for Holland and Scandinavia.