Our Objectives

Our objectives are to reduce the number of stillbirths that occur after 28 weeks’ gestation, and to improve the quality of care received by families whose baby is stillborn.

Priority setting

To achieve our objectives, the Stillbirth CRE is systematically addressing 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.

These four research areas comprise 17 specific priorities identified following a priority setting exercise initiated in 2015. The report on this exercise is available to read below.

>> Download Report on the Stillbirth CRE 2015 Priority Setting Exercise



Overarching priority areas:

  1. Improving care and outcomes for women with risk factors for stillbirth
  2. Developing new 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

CRE graphic updatedRaising public awareness

The Stillbirth CRE is supporting a national approach to improving understanding of stillbirth and the steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of this tragic pregnancy outcome. A cohesive national approach is critically important to effectively address the neglected issue of stillbirth.

Building the health and medical workforce

Stillbirth CRE pathways provide students and future leaders a unique opportunity to interact and work closely with senior researchers and clinicians, while forming new collaborations across a range of government and community organisations. The Stillbirth CRE offers educational opportunities and support for PhD students to supplement scholarships.

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. 

Improving newborn and maternal health

As many conditions leading to stillbirth also affect the health of mothers and newborns more generally, our research program also incorporates health interventions relevant to the prevention of maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality.