Stillbirth Senate Inquiry

Australian Government Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education

In early 2018 the Australian Senate put together a committee to inquire and report on the future of stillbirth research and education in Australia. Over 269 individuals and organisations made submissions, and public hearings were held in Canberra, Brisbane, Katherine, Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne.

The committee's report was tabled on Tuesday 4th December 2018 and can be read at the Inquiry webpage.

The Stillbirth CRE submitted jointly with PSANZ, WHA, ACM, Sands, Still Aware, and ISA. You can download our submission directly here. You can also view (all) submissions and transcripts from the public hearings, and watch the recorded tabling of the report at the Inquiry webpage.

Progress so far

chris slupski 433343 unsplashOn Tuesday 12th February 2019 the Minister for Health Greg Hunt led a roundtable of stakeholders to assist the Government to develop this National Action Plan.

In the lead up to this meeting, the Stillbirth CRE with Stillbirth Foundation Australia, facilitated a collaborative response to inform the development of the Stillbirth National Action Plan. The process to do this is outlined in the document 'Towards a Stillbirth National Action Plan: a preparatory document' (see below).

We would like to thank all who have responded to the Stillbirth CRE call for consultation. Both individuals and organisations across Australia have worked collaboratively to develop a number of actions against the recommendations put forward by the Select Senate Committee.

Your feedback has now been collated into the document titled ‘Submission to Inform the Stillbirth National Action Plan’ (see below), and has bee submitted to the Government.


The current Government  will now begin to develop and draft the Stillbirth National Action Plan. Please check back here for updates. You can also follow us on Twitter and/or join our mailing list to receive alerts and stay up-to-date.

If you have any questions, please contact us. More detailed information around how we undertook the consultation process is provided in the documents below.

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