Principal Investigators

  • Professor Vicki Flenady

    Professor Vicki Flenady

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

    vicki.flenady@mater.uq.edu.au

    @vickiflenady

    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 is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Deputy Head of School (Research) at Griffith University School of Medicine, and also Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Gold Coast University Hospital. He was one of the first sub-specialists in maternal-fetal Medicine in Australia and remains an active clinician and researcher. Professor Ellwood is also the academic lead for equity, selections and diversity.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Professor Sailesh Kumar

    Professor Sailesh Kumar

    Co-lead Prediction and Placenta

    sailesh.kumar@mater.uq.edu.au

    Professor Kumar is a Maternal and Fetal Medicine Sub-specialist at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane and Head of the Academic Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Queensland. He leads an active research group collaborating across specialities both in basic science as well as clinical projects. Professor Kumar is also Visiting Professor at the Imperial College in London and is actively involved in both clinical practice and research.

  • Associate Professor Fran Boyle

    Associate Professor Fran Boyle

    Co-lead Care After Stillbirth

    f.boyle@uq.edu.au

    @FranBoyleOz


    Associate Professor Fran Boyle is a social scientist with qualifications in psychology and public health. Fran’s research focuses on people’s lived experiences of health, health services and the health system. Her expertise and experience is in the application of social sciences methods (quantitative and qualitative) and health systems thinking to guide policy and practice. Fran brings to the Stillbirth CRE a detailed understanding of perinatal bereavement and, as co-lead of the Care after Stillbirth program, is committed to improving outcomes for women and families through the implementation and evaluation of best practice parent-centred perinatal bereavement care.

     

  • 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.

  • Professor Christine East

    Professor Christine East

    Co-lead Clinical Education; Co-lead Research Capacity Development

    christine.east@monash.edu

    Christine East has extensive research and clinical experience and wide reaching collaborative networks. These have enabled the development of research efforts for evaluating and improving the perinatal health of Australia’s mothers and babies. Professor East’s research networks and endeavours compliment her appointment as the inaugural Professor of Midwifery, Monash University and Monash Health, Victoria, given her detailed understanding of the interface between the clinical setting and academia. Professor East has led changes to clinical practice at Monash Health through the introduction of evidence-based guidelines and internationally through systematic reviews of her own and others’ studies.

  • Dr Dell Horey

    Dr Dell Horey

    Co-lead Care After Stillbirth

    d.horey@latrobe.edu.au

    Dr Horey has qualifications in science and epidemiology and a strong background in consumer participation. She has undertaken a range of research projects using mixed methods and has advanced skills in conceptual thinking. She is an Editor with the Cochrane Collaboration Consumers and Communication Review Group and was the Australasian Coordinator for the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Review Group Consumer Panel from 1999 to 2007. Dr Horey was a Research Fellow at La Trobe University from 2006 to 2013 and previously held similar roles at the Centre for Adolescent Health at Melbourne University and the Health Issues Centre.