Coordinating Team

  • Dr Sarah Henry

    Dr Sarah Henry

    Research Support Officer

    Sarah Henry has a research background in maternal and fetal health, developmental biology and renal physiology. Having completed her PhD through Monash University in 2015, Dr Henry is now working as part of the coordinating team in the establishment of Stillbirth CRE. In addition, she is the national coordinator of IMPROVE, an educational workshop aiming to improving perinatal mortality clinical practice across maternity hospitals throughout Australia.

  • Dr Hanna Reinebrant

    Dr Hanna Reinebrant

    Postdoctoral Research Officer


    After completing her PhD in perinatal neuroscience in 2014, Hanna took up a postdoctoral position in the Stillbirth CRE. Her main work focuses on causes and classification of stillbirth, and she also has a keen interest in the role of placenta and decreased fetal movements in stillbirth. Some of her current studies include: Biomarkers in pregnancies with decreased fetal movements, Investigating the causes of stillbirth and Classification systems for data-rich settings.
    She has authored 20 publications, cited nearly 500 times. Hanna has also presented her work at national and international conferences, workshops and seminars. She has been facilitator for research training courses and has ongoing involvement in committees and scientific panels. She is also involved in supervision of research students.

  • Dr Christine Andrews

    Dr Christine Andrews

    Senior Research Assistant

    Christine Andrews has a research background in paediatric burn injury pathophysiology and prevention. Prior to undertaking a research higher degree she worked as a veterinarian in private practice. Having completed her PhD through the University of Queensland with the Centre for Children’s Burns and Trauma Research, Dr Andrews joins the Stillbirth CRE as a senior research assistant. She has a specific interest in the translation and implementation of quality research into evidence-based best clinical practice.

  • Ms Aleena Wojcieszek

    Ms Aleena Wojcieszek

    Associate Investigator; ECR lead: Care After Stillbirth; Co-lead: Care in subsequent pregnancies following stillbirth


    Aleena’s research background in health psychology and clinical perinatal epidemiology specific to reproductive health and decision-making. Her current work is focused on implementation science in the context of perinatal health, particularly improving mothers’ and babies’ health and preventing adverse pregnancy outcomes such as stillbirth.

    Aleena worked on the Lancet series on Ending Preventable Stillbirths, published in January 2016, where she co-authored two series papers and the series executive summary. She has also collaborated with the World Health Organization and Norwegian Institute of Public Health to develop global frameworks and customisable technical tools for electronic health registries for maternal and child health – coined eRegistries. Aleena is a Cochrane systematic reviewer and member of the Australasian node of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group. She also works closely with the International Stillbirth Alliance and is a member of its Scientific Advisory Committee Executive.

    Aleena is a research associate within the Stillbirth CRE and Early Career Researcher (ECR) lead for its Care After Stillbirth program. She is currently completing a PhD on informing clinical practice for care during subsequent pregnancies following a stillbirth and co-leads the Stillbirth CRE's subsequent pregnancy research stream.

  • Ms Megan Weller

    Ms Megan Weller

    Research Midwife


    Megan Weller completed both her Bachelor of Nursing and Graduate Diploma of Midwifery at ACU. Megan’s clinical background includes oncology nursing and practicing as a midwife in continuity of care models. Megan has recently joined the Centre of Research Excellence - Stillbirth team as a Research Midwife. Megan is very passionate about providing quality, holistic and women centred care to women and their families.

  • Ms Kara Warrilow

    Ms Kara Warrilow

    Research Assistant

    Kara completed both a Bachelor of Psychology and Public Health with Griffith University in 2012. She has also recently completed a Masters of Epidemiology with the University of Queensland, focusing on disease spread from rural to urban Queensland. Kara has recently joined the Stillbirth CRE as a research assistant. She is working particularly on data management of the My Baby’s Movements Multi Centre Clinical Trial.

  • Ms Aimée Dane

    Ms Aimée Dane

    Research Assistant

    Aimée has a research background in maternal and perinatal health and is passionate about supporting informed decision-making and providing high quality patient-centred care. Aimée studied psychology and completed her Masters of Science (with Honours in Genetic Counselling) through Griffith University in 2013. She has worked as a genetic counsellor in Australia and England. Aimée has recently joined the team at the Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth.

  • Ms Susannah Leisher

    Ms Susannah Leisher

    Honorary Fellow

    Susannah Hopkins Leisher spent over 20 years working on global poverty alleviation, including 10 years based in Vietnam, where she was for five years the Vietnam country representative for Oxfam Hong Kong, as well as consulting for a wide range of agencies including the UN, DFID, the World Bank and various NGOs. Subsequently she spent five years as director and then vice-president for programs of Trickle Up, an NGO that works to move women out of extreme poverty in India, West Africa and Central America. Ms Leisher holds a BA (magna cum laude) in mathematics from Carleton College, an MA with distinction in international economics and social change and development from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University, and an MSc with distinction in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a second-year doctoral student in epidemiology at Columbia University with a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award. Her research interest is stillbirth, and perinatal mortality generally, including the overlap between stillbirth and inequity, reducing unexplained stillbirths, the global socio-political environment for stillbirth prevention, and translating research into practice. Her current research includes a retrospective study of the association between socio-economic deprivation and stillbirth in Queensland, Australia, between 1994 and 2011, and a literature review of the perinatal mortality burden associated with Zika virus globally. Ms Leisher sits on the board of the International Stillbirth Alliance, and is a member of its Scientific Advisory Committee and a co-chair of the Stillbirth Advocacy Working Group. She lives in New Jersey, USA, with her husband and three sons, and is also the mother of stillborn son Wilder Daniel.