News

Mine finds a place for childbirth cause

Kestrel employees assemble the birth kits as part of their LEAN training and induction to the Kestrel Mine Extension.
Kestrel employees assemble the birth kits as part of their LEAN training and induction to the Kestrel Mine Extension.

KESTREL Mine employees are undertaking an innovative induction and training exercise that will help women in Africa give birth in more hygienic and safer conditions.

The mine has teamed up to support Birthing Kit Foundation Australia, an organisation dedicated to improving the conditions for women who give birth at home in developing countries.

Kestrel Mine general manager operations John Coughlan said about 190 employees were moving from Kestrel Mine to the adjacent Kestrel Mine Extension site and were assembling 3600 birth kits for pregnant women in Kenya as part of their induction.

"We are working hard to make sure we transition and induct all our employees safely to the new site, and this involves a range of work readiness programs and training," Mr Coughlan said.

"LEAN is a business improvement initiative used across Rio Tinto Coal Australia that helps us solve problems, improve performance, reduce waste, and increase efficiency.

"We learned an estimated 385,000 women die annually in childbirth, many from preventable infections acquired during childbirth. So we decided to use birth kits as the assembly line to teach the same LEAN principles, while helping reduce the numbers of mothers and babies who die from lack of hygiene during childbirth."

Mr Coughlan said the employees were given seven items comprising a black plastic sheet, gloves, string, soap, scalpel, gauze, and a small bag.

"These items make one birth kit, which could save the lives of both the mother and baby," Mr Coughlan said.

"Already 90 employees have moved across to the new site, assembling nearly 1500 of the birth kits, with the remaining workers to transition early next year."


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Isaac welcomes new CEO

Isaac Regional Council welcomes the appointment of new chief executive officer Gary Stevenson.

Mayor Baker today announced he will start with Isaac from July 1.

Trolley delivers auction success

GOOD IDEAS: Ideas man Roger Little with boilermaker fabricator Paul Dickens who helped make the trolley.

Trolley delivers auction success

Meet the Flynn candidates for the 2016 Federal Election

Federal member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd is campaigning for a third term. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer

Meet your candidates for the seat of Flynn.

Latest deals and offers

Help out appeal for Salvation Army

PLAY a valuable part in the work the Salvation Army achieves in the Central Highlands by donating to the Red Shield Appeal on May 28–29.

Isaac welcomes new CEO

Isaac Regional Council welcomes the appointment of new chief executive officer Gary Stevenson.

Mayor Baker today announced he will start with Isaac from July 1.

Trolley delivers auction success

GOOD IDEAS: Ideas man Roger Little with boilermaker fabricator Paul Dickens who helped make the trolley.

Trolley delivers auction success

Meet the Flynn candidates for the 2016 Federal Election

Federal member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd is campaigning for a third term. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer

Meet your candidates for the seat of Flynn.

Spirited game a shining success

Tanae Kearney (Sportsmanship Medallion), Braith Kemp (Coaches Medal) and Sam Chick (Play of the Day).

Spirited game a shining success

Origin starters

Clermont Junior Bears fullback Roman Revell-Blair with his under-9 team who are heading to State of Origin game one.

Origin starters

Things to do in Central Queensland this week

Capella Show. Photo Matthew Holdsworth / CQ News

Your guide to events this weekend and throughout the week

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 5

Officers drag the woman back to her cell

In this video the woman drinks water from the toilet.

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 4

In this video the woman asks for water as the tap in the room is broken

IBAC Evidence Police Bashing 3

In this video police continue their search and male officers are present despite...

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked

Caloundra’s former Centrepoint Buffet site up for sale

FOR SALE: The home of the old Centrepoint Buffet

Restaurant fined for unhygienic practices closed months ago