CONSTITUENCY QUESTION - SMR - International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Written on the 6 February 2019


International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Southern Metropolitan Region


MS CROZIER - My constituency question is for the Minister for Health. It relates to International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, which is recognised in various jurisdictions on 15 October each year. As many members will recall, this house debated a motion to recognise this important day.

The City of Boroondara recognised the day in October 2017, and I would like to place on record my thanks to Cr Felicity Sinfield and the Boroondara council for hosting an event at that time and also an event last year, which I had the pleasure of MC'ing.

I know Ms Pulford, who attended that event, was moved by the story of Anne-Maree Polimeni. Anne-Maree and her husband, Alan Wilson, have been lobbying the government for well over two years to recognise this important date. Ms Polimeni wrote to the previous Minister for Health, Ms Hennessy, and has written to the current health minister on two separate occasions requesting that they officially sign off on the motion which was passed in this house.

This was a motion brought to the house by the coalition and one that was unanimously supported and passed. It is an important matter that affects thousands of Victorians and their families.

It is not a difficult thing to do, so I ask:

When will the government commit to recognising International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day?

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