Stillbirth Senate Inquiry: A National action plan to address stillbirth

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


December 2019

On the fifth of December Health Minister Greg Hunt hosted the National Stillbirth Roundtable meeting in Canberra. The Roundtable brought together key experts on stillbirth to review the draft Stillbirth National Action Plan. Read the Stillbirth CRE and Health Minister Greg Hunt’s media releases below.

July 2019

The Australian Government response to the Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education report was released in July 2019. This document outlines the Government action toward each recommendation outlined in the Senate Select Committees report. A copy of the document is available from the Parliament of Australia website, or can be accessed below.

March 2019

We made some important changes to the 'Submission to Inform the Stillbirth National Action Plan’ . This includes updates to Priority 5: Supporting Bereaved Parents. In addition to a number of content changes to Action 5.1,  a new action plan has been submitted which addresses the critical need to expand the provision of support for bereaved parents (Action 5.2). The updated version of this draft document is available below  (Version 3).

MARCH 2020

The Australian Government has recently released a draft National Stillbirth Action and Implementation plan. 

The National Action Plan outlines the Government’s actions towards reducing the rates of stillbirth in Australia and ensuring that, when stillbirth does occur, respectful and supportive bereavement care is available to all.

The opportunity to provide feedback on the draft plan closed on 10th of July 2020.

To view the draft plan, please click here.

What happens next?

The finalised action plan is projected to be released in late 2020. 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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