Our objectives are to reduce the number of stillbirths that occur after 28 weeks’ gestation, and to improve the quality of care received by families whose baby is stillborn.
The Stillbirth CRE program addresses major actions within the Stillbirth National Action and Implementation Plan and priorities identified in two multi-stakeholder prioritisation exercises. The Stillbirth CRE first identified research priorities for Australia in 2015 and renewed these in 2020.
The Stillbirth CRE research program comprises four areas and incorporates cross-cutting themes of diversity and equity:
- Data to drive change. We draw on existing and novel data systems to gain comprehensive, timely data to drive practice and policy change.
- Novel approaches to prevention. We identify novel solutions through discovery science and carry out large-scale trials in stillbirth prevention.
- Implementing prevention strategies. We provide scalable interventions to enable health services to reduce the gap between what is known and what is done in maternity care to reduce stillbirth.
- Optimising bereavement care. We generate the evidence-base for implementation of effective parent-centred care following stillbirth or neonatal death in hospital and community setting throughout Australia.