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Committee Details

Select Committee on Birth Trauma

This Select Committee was established on 21 June 2023 to inquire into and report on birth trauma.



The committee has received over 4000 submissions.

Thank you to all individuals who have contributed to the inquiry. Sharing your story will help inform the committee's understanding of the issues.

Please note, the committee will be prioritising the processing and reviewing of submissions from individuals residing in NSW. While all other individual submissions will be distributed and considered by members, they will likely be kept confidential.


Individual experiences

Submissions about individual experiences will inform our thinking about birth trauma. However, this inquiry will not be conducting investigations or reviews of individual cases.

Specific concerns about individual experiences can be raised with the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission by calling 02 9219 7444 or emailing [email protected].

Sensitive content and themes in evidence

Owing to the nature of the evidence being considered by this inquiry, some of the evidence received in submissions and during hearings may include sensitive content and themes that may be distressing for some people.


Seeking support

If you feel distressed as a result of the inquiry's sensitive content and themes please contact one of the resources listed below:

  • Lifeline 13 11 14 (24/7) or text 0477 13 11 14. Lifeline is a free 24/7 telephone crisis support service.
  • Mental Health Line 1800 011 511. Mental Health Line is a NSW 24/7 statewide phone services which links people with NSW mental health services.
  • PANDA National Helpline (Monday to Saturday) 1300 726 306 or website. PANDA's National Perinatal Mental Health Helpline is Australia's only free national helpline for people affected by changes to their mental health and emotional wellbeing during the perinatal period. Support is available throughout pregnancy up until the baby is 12 months old.
  • Domestic Violence helpline 1800 737 732 or website. 1800RESPECT is available 24/7 to support people impacted by domestic, family, or sexual violence.


Video recordings of hearings, where available, can be found on the NSW Parliament's YouTube channel here.



Chair: Hurst, Emma (AJP, LC Member)
Deputy Chair: Carter, Susan (LIB, LC Member)
Members: Banasiak, Mark (SFF, LC Member)
Cohn, Amanda (GRNS, LC Member)
D'Adam, Anthony (ALP, LC Member)
Donnelly, Greg (ALP, LC Member)
Maclaren-Jones, Natasha (LIB, LC Member)
Mitchell, Sarah (NAT, LC Member)
Suvaal, Emily (ALP, LC Member)