Cross-cutting themes

Major cross-cutting themes of the Stillbirth CRE

Major cross-cutting themes which intersect with the four priority areas are:


Indiginous Health2


Goal: to tackle the disproportionately high incidence of stillbirth among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women through comprehensive efforts that address causes, prevention and care. Our Indigenous Advisory Committee, which widens the previous Queensland-based Indigenous Reference Group, provides guidance on Indigenous aspects of stillbirth research, including consultation and engagement with Indigenous women, communities and health care providers. Indigenous identifiers are included in all relevant data collections, as advised by the CRE’s Indigenous Advisory Committee.



Clinical Education2


Goal: to ensure effective implementation of best evidence into clinical practice.



Community Awareness2


Goal: to increase community awareness and engagement to enhance the response and benefit of all CRE initiatives.



Health Economics2


Goal: to assess and support implementation of beneficial interventions. The Stillbirth CRE employs a model of development and testing interventions across lead sites in collaboration with clinicians and parents, with a view to implementation across the Women’s Health Care Australia hospital network.



  • Economic evaluation of the My Baby’s Movements study

    Study Team: Emily Callander


    Monitoring fetal movements during pregnancy has been demonstrated in other settings to reduce the incidence of stillbirth. The My Babys Movements (MBM) randomised controlled trial is assessing the impact of a mobile phone app that aids mothers monitor their baby’s movement in pregnancy. The economic evaluation of the MBM trial will assess the cost-effectiveness of this intervention – to identify the health outcomes it produces, and what it costs to produce them. This will provide decision-makers with the information they need to determine whether the mobile phone app will become a part of routine antenatal care.

  • Economic costs of stillbirth

    Study Team: Emily Callander


    Relatively little is known about the costs of stillbirth. In comparison a great deal is known about common chronic diseases and their costs to society – the value of health resources used, and the costs to individuals in terms of out of pocket fees. Not knowing these costs for families who experience stillbirth makes it difficult to demonstrate the efficiency of stillbirth prevention activities – the real savings that can be made by preventing stillbirth. For this project we have initially quantified the costs of stillbirth between 2012 and 2015; next we will be assessing how these costs have changed over time.

  • Economic costs of stillbirth prevention

    Study Team: Emily Callander

    Economic model of stillbirth prevention - we will be building a model to allow the cost-effectiveness of stillbirth prevention activities to be measured. For example, if an intervention to be trialled as a part of the CRE was estimated to produce a 4% reduction in stillbirth then we will be able to model potential cost-effectiveness if the intervention was implemented nationally, before the commitment of resources.