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Our Vision
Our Vision
Our vision is to reduce the devastating impact of stillbirth for women, families and the wider community through improving care to reduce the number of stillborn babies and to reduce the impact of this loss.
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Meet the network of people, organisations, and professional institutions driving research and program implementation across the Stillbirth CRE.
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Explore some of the latest Stillbirth CRE research projects, scientific studies, and educational campaigns on stillbirth prevention and care after stillbirth.
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Our aim is to improve care to reduce the number of stillborn babies and to reduce the impact of this loss.
Frequently asked questions
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Inclusivity and collaboration are at the heart of the Stillbirth CRE. As part of our commitment to reducing stillbirths and improving outcomes for families, we welcome collaboration to achieve shared goals.

We are committed to ensuring that the voices of parents who have experienced the tragedy of stillbirth are heard. Effective and meaningful parent engagement is facilitated by the Stillbirth Foundation Australia, as an integral partner of the Stillbirth CRE, and through partnerships with other parent support and advocacy organisations such as Sands, Bears of Hope, Red Nose, WHA and others.  

Shared understanding for collaboration

We welcome collaboration with those researchers and organisations who are committed to the overarching objectives and values of the Stillbirth CRE.

Benefits of aligning a project with the Stillbirth CRE include:

  • Contribution to overall impact and contribution to the public good and/or to the stillbirth field of research, by means of publications, developmental input into social, health, and/or economic policy, press coverage or other media, participation in public debate;
  • Opportunity to build or extend inter-institutional collaboration, and collaboration with industry, government agencies, and the general community;
  • Access to international and national collaboration and cooperative arrangements, including visits to overseas institutions and international conferences;
  • Involvement in strong teams that increase the likelihood of external financial support, such as award of national competitive grants, funding from public/private sectors;
  • Access to quality education and training through training of Higher Degree Research students, HDR completions, workshops and short courses for academic, clinical, and wider community groups;
  • Access to support and education in research (including consumers) through a number of programs such as PhD top-ups and post-doctoral Fellowships.
  • Contribution to peer recognition in terms of awards to members, invitations to present keynote addresses at major forums, election to learned societies and academies;
  • Involvement in the marketing awareness and promotion of Stillbirth CRE activities among academic, health, government and community sectors, social media and general media platforms, participation in related forums; and leadership, management and effectiveness of Stillbirth CRE processes.

Would you like to collaborate with us?

Our Shared Understanding for Collaboration Report outlines how we work together. Read our report if you would like to collaborate with us or contact us if you are interested in finding out more. 

Parent Collaboration

There are many ways that parents can become involved in the Stillbirth CRE. This includes joining our annual meeting and other events, participating in working groups, or contributing to a research study. 

The Stillbirth CRE is involved in a wide range of research projects every year. There are opportunities for families who have experienced stillbirth, pregnant women, maternity health workers and others to become involved in many of these projects.

Every research project will be governed by its own ethics and research requirements, depending on the nature of the research. By taking part in research projects, you can join us in better understanding the causes of stillbirth, helping prevent future stillbirths and improve care after stillbirth for others.

Opportunities to be involved in our research projects will be communicated through our networks as they arise, so if you would like to be listed on our research registry please provide contact us for further information about how you can become involved.


A partner organisation of the Stillbirth CRE is actively engaged in the development and/or conduct of Stillbirth CRE-endorsed initiatives through in-kind or financial support to help meet our goals.

Our academic partners

If your organisation would like to become a Stillbirth CRE partner or collaborator please review our Shared Understanding for Collaboration and contact us.

The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ)

PSANZ is a multidisciplinary society dedicated to improving the health and long term outcomes for mothers and their babies. PSANZ encompasses and strongly encourages research focused on mothers and babies during pregnancy and at birth as well as the health of the newborn as its development continues after birth.

Stillbirth Foundation Australia

The Stillbirth Foundation Australia was established in 2005 to raise funds to reduce the incidence and impact of stillbirth through research, education and advocacy.

Australian College of Midwives (ACM)

The Australian College of Midwives is the voice of midwives in Australia, representing midwives and speaking up on their behalf.  They educate, advocate and support the industry and its professionals.

Women's Healthcare Australasia (WHA)

WHA is a non-profit community of maternity and women's healthcare services who are committed to excellence in care for women and newborns.  More than 100 maternity services participate, including tertiary women's hospitals, metropolitan maternity units, regional and rural hospitals.

Still Aware

Still Aware is Australia's first Stillbirth Awareness Charity, supporting a safer pregnancy through education and awareness programs nation-wide. Their purpose is to stop unnecessary death of babies.

Red Nose and Sands

Red Nose is a national charity working to save little lives and support families impacted by the death of a baby or child.

Sands is a volunteer-based organisation providing individualised care from one bereaved parent to another, giving them support and hope for the future, following the death of a baby. In November 2020, Sands merged operations with Red Nose Australia. 

Raising Children Network

The Raising Children Network, is a website for all Australian parents and carers that provides up-to-date, evidence-based, scientifically validated information about raising children and caring for yourself as a parent or carer. Content is produced based on the most recent research by over 200 top Australian and international experts. Raising Children Network operates as a not-for-profit company funded by the Australian Government.

Bears of Hope

Bears of Hope is an Australian registered not-for-profit organisation managed solely by a dedicated team of bereaved parents. Bear of Hope exists to improve the facilitation of the healing journey for families experiencing a loss. 

Remembering Riley

Remembering Riley is a community group that raises awareness, funds and support for stillbirth prevention. It honours Riley Elliott who was born asleep on 2nd November 2012.

National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU)

The NPESU is a joint unit of the Centre for Big Data Research in Health (CBDRH) and the School of Women's and Children's Health (SWCH) at the University of New South Wales, Sydney (UNSW). It was established in 1979 and continues to be a leading source of statistical and epidemiological research in reproductive medicine, pregnancy, childbirth, and the health and care of newborns.

International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA)

The ISA is a membership organisation uniting bereaved parents and other family members, health professionals and researchers to drive global change for the prevention of stillbirth and neonatal death and bereavement support for all those affected.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG)

RANZCOG is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the establishment of high standards of practice in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health. The College trains and accredits doctors throughout Australia and New Zealand in the specialties of obstetrics and gynaecology and supports research into women’s health.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) is Australia’s largest professional general practice organisation and represents urban and rural general practitioners.

Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM)

The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is the only College in Australia dedicated to rural and remote medicine and is accredited by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for setting professional medical standards for training, assessment, certification and continuing professional development in the specialty of general practice.

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) is the largest child health research institute in Australia and one of the top three worldwide for research quality and impact.

Multicultural Centre for Women's Health (MCWH)

Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation led by and for women from migrant and refugee backgrounds. We increase migrant and refugee women’s opportunities for health and wellbeing in Australia through education, advocacy and leadership.

The Perinatal Loss Centre

The Perinatal Loss Centre (TPLC) aims to improve the care of women and couples experiencing miscarriage, medical termination, stillbirth, newborn loss and infant loss, and educate health professionals in best practice bereavement care to support women and couples who experience the loss of their babies. Health professional education includes the online training program Perinatal Loss in Practice: What Hospital Staff Need to Know, a skills-based course for Midwives, Nurses, Obstetricians, Neonatologists or anyone who works on the 'front line’ supporting bereaved parents following a perinatal loss. This online course is delivered by Eliza Strauss, Bereavement Midwife and Bereavement Care Consultant, The Perinatal Loss Centre. Course hosted by COPE (Centre of Perinatal Excellence). Access to course here:

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