About Us

The Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (Stillbirth CRE) has been established to address the tragedy of stillbirth in Australia through a cohesive national program of research and implementation.

The Stillbirth CRE is a collaboration of researchers, clinicians, parents, parent advocates, and policy makers, who are passionate about stillbirth prevention and quality care after stillbirth. We aim to generate new knowledge that translates into effective practice change in maternity care, to improve the health outcomes of Australia's mothers and babies.

We are an Australia-wide initiative, our host institution being Mater Research Institute, within The University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine. Our research program is funded by the National Heath and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.

The Stillbirth CRE recognises that:

  • stillbirth has enormous economic and psychosocial impacts for women, parents, families, communities, and health systems
  • there has been virtually no reduction in stillbirth rates for over 20 years
  • women from disadvantaged backgrounds have a greater risk of stillbirth than the average population
  • families whose child is stillbirth often receive suboptimal care

As a regional office of the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA), the Stillbirth CRE will promote and facilitate partnerships to enhance the work of the CRE and to ensure our work in Australia contributes to the global call to action for stillbirths and also newborn health as outlined Every Newborn Action Plan. Further, the CRE will work towards building a strong health and medical workforce to ensure sustained improvement in care and outcomes for future families.