Gladys Berejiklian MP
Gladys Berejiklian MP
NSW Parliament

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Friday, 29 March 2019

Families with newborn babies are benefiting from the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s free Baby Bundle, with more than 20,000 already distributed to hospitals and homes across the State since January 1. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Baby Bundle, which is worth $300 and available to all parents and caregivers of newborns in NSW, has been well received by parents from every corner of the state. “I was so pleased to hand over one of the first Baby Bundles on January 1 at Westmead Hospital. It’s incredible to think that more than 20,000 have been handed out since then,” Ms Berejiklian said. The milestone follows an announcement by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government that it will recruit 5000 additional nurses and midwives in the next term, with almost half to be employed in regional areas. This will include at least 500 additional nurses and midwives to be deployed across the South Western Sydney Local Health District. Ms Berejiklian visited Liverpool Hospital, which will be home to a new world-class health, research and education precinct following a $740 million commitment by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government in the 2018-19 Budget. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the Baby Bundle is part of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s $157 million Parents’ Package, which includes more midwives, more home visits, support, and paediatric precision medicine research. “Bundles have been delivered to families across NSW, ranging from 1140 at Westmead Hospital to six at Narrandera District Hospital, and 580 at Liverpool Hospital,” Mr Hazzard said. “The Baby Bundle is providing practical support to families right across NSW, in those early days and weeks after bub comes along. “The Baby Bundle is filled with essential products and useful information helping parents, including access to a free online first aid training program designed specifically for parents of young children. “Having a baby is an exciting time but it also brings with it extra expenses which can be really stressful. This bundle is helping alleviate some of those cost pressures.” Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government investment in Liverpool Hospital will enable the communities of south-western Sydney to get the world’s best treatment, closer to home. “We will see a bigger emergency department, more neonatal intensive care, additional maternity, critical care and surgery capacity, as well as a comprehensive and integrated cancer centre,” Ms Gibbons said. The contents of the Baby Bundle meet Australian safety standards and includes: a sleeping bagplay and change matsmuslin wrapbath and room thermometersbaby toothbrushbreast padsfirst aid kitboard booksface clothbaby wipeshand sanitiserbarrier cream, andresources on child development and parental wellbeing. Parents receive the Baby Bundle before being discharged from hospital, or after registering their child with NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages in instances where the birth does not occur in a hospital.