Executive Committee

  • Professor Vicki Flenady

    Professor Vicki Flenady

    Director; Co-lead Risk Factors; Co-lead Implementation

    vicki.flenady@mater.uq.edu.au

    Professor Vicki Flenady leads the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence which aims to reduce stillbirths and improve care for families when a child is stillborn through high quality research and raising community awareness.  Vicki was lead author on The Lancet’s stillbirth series in 2011 and 2016. Vicki’s research currently focused on stillbirth prevention through better understanding of causal pathways and risk factors and is currently leading a large-scale trial on a mobile phone app for women on fetal movements to reduce stillbirth rates. With a clinical background in midwifery and neonatal nursing and masters and PhD in perinatal epidemiology in stillbirth prevention, Vicki has a keen interest in addressing evidence practice gaps in maternity care. Vicki is an active member of the International Stillbirth Alliance. 

  • Professor David Ellwood

    Professor David Ellwood

    Co-director; Co-lead Risk Factors

    d.ellwood@griffith.edu.au

    David Ellwood joined Griffith University in early 2013 to take up a joint appointment as Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Director of Maternal-Fetal medicine at Gold Coast Health. Prior to this he was Deputy Dean at the Australian National University Medical School in Canberra. He has held various roles within the School of Medicine including Academic Lead for Selections, and has been the School’s Equity & Diversity champion. Since 2015 he has been Deputy Head of School (Research) and in August of this year was appointed to the position of Dean, and Head of School of Medicine. He remains clinically active working as a sub-specialist in maternal-fetal medicine and has long-standing research interests in a range of adverse of outcomes of pregnancy.

    He is the Co-Director of the Stillbirth CRE and has published extensively in this area. He is also the Chair of the Queensland Maternal & Perinatal Quality Council which is responsible for monitoring pregnancy outcomes across the State. In addition to his local and State roles, he has an important national role in the standards of medical education as the immediate past-Chair of the Medical School’s Accreditation Committee of the Australian Medical Council (AMC), and is currently the President of the AMC.

     

  • Associate Professor Philippa Middleton

    Associate Professor Philippa Middleton

    Co-lead Implementation

    philippa.middleton@sahmri.com

    Philippa Middleton is a Principal Research Fellow in the Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children Theme of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and an Affiliate Associate Professor, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide.  As a perinatal epidemiologist and implementation scientist, she specialises in randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, research synthesis, guidelines, research reporting standards and translating research evidence into policy and practice. Her areas of expertise include preterm birth, nutrition, diabetes, stillbirth and health disparities, and she has a particular interest in Indigenous health.

  • Ms Leigh Brezler

    Ms Leigh Brezler

    CEO Stillbirth Foundation Australia

     

    Leigh@stillbirthfoundation.org.au

    Leigh joined the Stillbirth Foundation Australia as CEO in September 2019. She has built her career as a senior business development leader in the arts, culture, sport and finance sectors in Australia and the USA, during which she has demonstrate strong advocacy, partnership and stakeholder management skills.


    Leigh took up the position at an important time for the Foundation. Following the Senate Inquiry, the tragedy of stillbirth has been rightly on the national agenda and has bipartisan support. Leigh focuses on raising awareness and funds to promote continued research and education as well working with key stakeholders to ensure that parents’ voices are listened to and acted upon.

  • Professor Jonathan Morris

    Professor Jonathan Morris

    Co-lead Research Capacity Development; Co-lead Care After Stillbirth

    jonathan.morris@sydney.edu.au

    @jthanmorris

    Jonathan Morris is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist.  Currently, Professor Morris is Director of The Kolling Institute, based at Royal North Shore Hospital. The Institute aims to embed high quality biomedical research within health to realize its mission of research discovery, development, delivery and dissemination for healthy people, healthy lives and communities. Professor Morris also leads the Perinatal Research Division within the Kolling Institute, a team comprising over 30 researchers in Basic Science, Clinical and Population Health Perinatal Research.

  • Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck

    Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck

    NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow

    Dr. Miranda Davies-Tuck is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, with a focus on perinatal and clinical epidemiology. Located in Melbourne at the Ritchie Centre, she has developed an integrated program of perinatal research, spanning laboratory-based discovery research, clinical trials, implementation science, and health policy to address key maternal health priorities.

    Specifically, Miranda’s work focuses on understanding ethnic differences in maternal and perinatal outcomes, reducing stillbirth, assessing the effectiveness of current antenatal and intrapartum interventions, homebirth and undertaking randomised trials to assess the efficacy of interventions in pregnancy and birth.

    Dr. Davies-Tuck has obtained ~$1M in competitive research funding, including a New Investigator NHMRC Grant (CIA $384, 565).

    In 2015, she also established a collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, now Safer Care Victoria and is a founding member of the Consultative Councils Research Committee. In this role Dr. Davies-Tuck also undertakes research to address health policy priorities and inform government policy.

  • Professor Euan Wallace

    Professor Euan Wallace

    Co-lead Prediction and Placenta

    euan.wallace@monash.edu

    @euan_wallace

    Euan Wallace currently holds clinical positions as Head of Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Monash University; Director of Obstetric Services at Monash Health; and Co-Director, The Ritchie Centre, Hudson Institute of Medical Research.  Over a period of 25 years, Professor Wallace’s research has addressed diverse aspects of fetal and maternal medicine, including fetal development and maternal physiology.  The major areas of research currently being addressed by his group are: fetal growth restriction, preeclampsia, placental ageing and stillbirth, and cell therapies.

  • Dr Adrienne Gordon

    Dr Adrienne Gordon

    Co-lead Risk Factors; Lead Public Awareness

    adrienne.gordon@sydney.edu.au

    @AdrienneOz

    Doctor Adrienne Gordon is known nationally, and emerging internationally, as a clinician and academic establishing a strong research career in the area of stillbirth and adverse perinatal outcomes. Currently a Neonatologist in the RPA centre for newborn care, Dr Gordon is also an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Sydney. Having completed a PhD on risk factors for stillbirth, her current ECR Fellowship aims to develop and pilot test a culturally appropriate information resource for pregnant women targeting health behaviours that can optimise pregnancy outcome.