Priority Area Four

Improving knowledge of causes and contributors to stillbirth

Priority Area Four leads: Professor Vicki Flenady, Professor Jeremy Oats, Ms Jessica Sexton

Knowledge of the causes and contributing factors in stillbirth is crucially important to parents to understand why their baby died and is also the cornerstone of future prevention of stillbirths. Contributing factors relating to care are identified in a small, but important, proportion of stillbirths. Currently, data quality to understand the important contributors for stillbirth is often suboptimal due to under-investigation, inadequate classification and clinical audit of the circumstances surrounding the death. Priority area four will focus on developing an evidence-based stillbirth investigation protocol and enhancements to the existing Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand stillbirth and neonatal deaths classification system and audit mechanisms. The CRE will link with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) through its recently established National Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Advisory Group to optimise future implementation and with international collaborators (through ISA and WHO) to inform the development of international solutions.

  • Investigating the causes of stillbirth

    Leads: Professor Vicki Flenady, Dr Glenn Gardener

  • Classification of causes of and contributors to stillbirth

    Lead: Vicki Flenady

  • Implementing best practice in understanding causes to improve care

    Leads: Vicki Flenady, Dr Adrienne Gordon