Objectives of the Stillbirth CRE

Responding to The Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirths series Call To Action

The Stillbirth CRE will systematically address the Call To Action presented in The Lancet series on Ending Preventable Stillbirths, and the specific priorities identified for Australia across four priority research areas.

Priority areas:

  1. Improving understanding and decision-making for women with risk factors for stillbirth; developing and implementing best practice in care of women at or near full-term of their pregnancy.
  2. Developing novel approaches for identifying women at increased risk of stillbirth (e.g. using biomarkers). 
  3. Implementing best practice in care after stillbirth and in subsequent pregnancies
  4. Improving knowledge of causes and contributors to stillbirth; improving data quality through investigation, audit and classification.

Raising public awareness

The Stillbirth CRE will support a national public awareness program to improve the general public’s understanding of stillbirth, and help to prevent this tragic outcome of pregnancy.

Building the health and medical workforce

Stillbirth CRE pathways provide students and future leaders a unique opportunities to interact and work closely with senior researchers and clinicians, while forming new collaborations across a range of government and community organisations. 

Building collaborations

The CRE is a virtual centre made up of partner organisations that share a common vision. A strong national collaboration with a single voice for stillbirth action across Australia is the only means by which we can effectively address the neglected issue of stillbirth.  Our strong international links with the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA) will serve to ensure a high-quality program which contributes to reducing the global burden of stillbirths.