IMPROVE workshops

IMproving Perinatal Mortality Review and Outcomes Via Education (IMPROVE)

COVID-19 Update: To reduce risk to our community, all upcoming IMPROVE workshops will be rescheduled. Workshops will be rescheduled for after the COVID-19 pandemic, when there is no longer an unnecessary risk for participants involved. 

About the IMPROVE workshops

The death of a baby is a devastating event for both the families and the professionals looking after them. In order to try to answer the questions raised by such deaths, a structured approach is required. IMPROVE workshops are designed to address the educational needs of health professionals involved in maternity and newborn care in managing perinatal death based on the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Perinatal Mortality Guideline.


The overarching aim of the workshop is to facilitate implementation of the Australia and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guideline for Care Around Stillbirth and Neonatal Death, developed by PSANZ and the Stillbirth CRE (view this guideline).

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic epidemiology of perinatal mortality and stillbirth
  2. Understand the scope and purpose of the PSANZ and the Stillbirth CRE Guidelines
  3. Know the definitions of perinatal mortality applied in your state
  4. Understand the rationale for the IMPROVE Program

Who should attend?

Obstetricians, midwives, neonatal nurses, neonatologists, social workers, psychologists, counselors, and anyone involved in maternity care. If you are interested from a policy or public health perspective, you are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

Workshop format and materials

The workshop utilises the SCORPIO educational model designed for skills training. This involves small groups of learners rotating around six interactive learning stations that are each facilitated by an experienced educator. Learning stations are:

Station One: Communicating with parents about perinatal autopsy

Station Two: Autopsy and placental examination

Station Three: Investigation of fetal deaths

Station Four: Examination of babies who die in the perinatal period

Station Five: Institutional perinatal mortality audit and classification

Station Six: Psychological and social aspects of perinatal bereavement

Upcoming workshops

Visit the IMPROVE website satellite page for more information about upcoming workshops and how to register.

Want more information?

If you are interested in hosting an IMPROVE workshop at your site or wish to become an educator, please contact us.