AUSTRALIAN medical schools are rushing to switch from MBBS degrees to masters-level MDs in a cultural shift that will either “bankrupt the healthcare system” or bring Australian medical education on to the world stage, experts have said.
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THE risk of intrapartum death occurring in a home delivery is seven times greater than the risk associated with a planned hospital delivery, according to Australian data published in the latest MJA . The study, which is likely to reignite debate on the practice of home birthing, also found the risk of death from intrapartum asphyxia was 27-fold higher for home births when compared with planned hospital births. Researchers analysed perinatal data from 300,000 births in South Australia between 1991-2006, including all births and perinatal deaths. Planned home births accounted for only 0.38% of births over ...