Providing better ultrasound services for pregnant women in rural Australia

Posted on: Thu 8 Dec 2022

Doctors recommend one to two ultrasound scans for women in the first trimester of pregnancy.  

But the lack of ultrasound equipment and training for clinicians in rural Australia is deeply affecting pregnant women in those areas, where the maternal and perinatal death rates are double that of metropolitan sites.   

The National Survey of Antenatal Ultrasound Access and Training in Rural Australia is aimed to provide practical solutions to the barriers faced by pregnant women in rural communities.   

The survey is part of the Healthy Newborn Project, which is funded by the University of South Australia and The Hospital Research Foundation

UniSA lecturer in medical radiation and research project manager, Amber Bidner, speaks with Breakfast producer David Bucio to discuss the findings of the survey and the actions taken to support pregnant women in rural Australia.  

Produced by David Bucio

Image by Omar Lopez on Unsplash


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