Public Awareness Committee

Supporting the development and evaluation of public awareness campaigns to reduce stillbirth in Australia

  • 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 Vicki Flenady

    Professor Vicki Flenady

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

    vicki.flenady@mater.uq.edu.au

    @vickiflenady

    Vicki Flenady was awarded an Honorary Professorship at the University of Queensland’s Faculty of Medicine, for her widely recognised work as a national and international perinatal epidemiologist. With a background in midwifery, clinical epidemiology, and biostatistics, she is involved in large scale perinatal epidemiological studies on risk factors and data quality at a national and international level with a focus on stillbirth prevention. A Founding Member and Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA), Professor Flenady is also the Chair of the International Stillbirth Association’s Scientific Advisory Committee.

  • Professor Lesley McCowan

    Professor Lesley McCowan

    Maternal Fetal Medicine sub-specialist

    l.mccowan@auckland.ac.nz

    Professor Lesley McCowan is a sub-specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine who became Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland in 2009. In 2011 she received a New Year’s Honour (Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit) for services to health.

    Her clinical work is in high risk pregnancy, especially pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction, and she chairs the National Women’s Hospital perinatal mortality review process. She was a founding member of the National Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee which reports on perinatal mortality nationally. Lesley is also the secretary of the New Zealand Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

  • 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 Caroline Homer

    Professor Caroline Homer

    Partner Australian College of Midwives; Clinical guidelines

    Caroline.Homer@uts.edu.au

    @CarolineHomer

    Caroline Homer is currently the President of the Australian College of Midwives and is a registered midwife in Australia. She has led research into the development and implementation of innovative models of midwifery care and the development of midwifery practice and education.  Professor Homer’s other research includes the translation of research into clinical practice particularly in maternity care, clinical risk management strategies, and the development of educational strategies to prepare midwives for practice.

  • Professor Alexander Heazell

    Professor Alexander Heazell

    International Collaborator

    Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics

    Tommy's Stillbirth Research Centre, The University of Manchester, United Kingdom

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  • Ms Aleena Wojcieszek

    Ms Aleena Wojcieszek

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

    Mater Research Institute - The University of Queensland

    aleena.wojcieszek@mater.uq.edu.au

    @aleenawoj

    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.

    Aleena is an Associate Investigator on 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 Claire Foord

    Ms Claire Foord

    Founder and CEO, Still Aware

    Claire is the Founder and CEO of Still Aware. A passionate advocate, Claire hopes to bring about change and a high level of awareness that stillbirth deserves. Claire’s efforts have been recognised when she was awarded South Australia’s Local Hero, in the 2016 Australian of The Year Awards.

  • 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 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.

     

  • Associate Professor Philippa Middleton

    Associate Professor Philippa Middleton

    Co-lead Implementation

    philippa.middleton@adelaide.edu.au

    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.