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The Hon Dr Michael Woolridge

Minister for Health and Aged Care



4 March 1999




Federal Minister for Health and Aged Care, Dr Michael Wooldridge today welcomed a new Australian-f irst education package on breastfeeding developed specifically to help health professionals such as GPs, nurses, pharmacists and paediatricians.


“I commend the six peak health organisations who have come together to assist Australian women debunk breastfeeding myths by making it easier for them to get the very latest information from their health professionals,” Dr Wooldridge said.


“Concerns about breastfeeding rank among the top health issues for Australian women yet myths, hearsay and old wives tales continue to surround the subject.


“It is most appropriate that in the lead up to international Women’s Day we are releasing this new package which provides the most recent evidenced-based advice to help health professionals address women’s concerns about breastfeeding”


Dr Wooldridge said the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Nursing Australia, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians — Division of Paediatrics and the Nursing Mothers’ Association of Australia had worked collaboratively to produce this excellent resource.


“From today, 30,000 general practitioners, child health nurses, pharmacists and paediatricians in every state and territory of Australia will begin receiving breastfeeding resource kits as part of a massive country-wide mail out,” he said.


The Breast feeding Education Kit for Community-based Health Professionals has been produced for health professionals by health professionals as part of the Federal Government’s $2 million National Breast feeding Strategy.


“There is no doubt that breast feeding helps to give babies the best chance for a healthy start in life, however breastfeeding can be a learned skill for both mothers and their babies and many women who breastfeed will experience problems from time to time. When they do, they will reach out to their local health professionals for advice and assistance,” Dr Wooldridge said.


“That’s why its particularly important to ensure our health professionals have ready access to the most up-to-date information available on breastfeeding.”


All the materials will be made available through the following internet site:


Media contact; Kay McNiece, Dr Wooldridge’s Office 02 6277 7220

Mary Shiers, Population Health, Dept of Health and Aged Care 02 6289 7005