NEW 2024 edition: Care Around Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Clinical Practice Guideline available now
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.
People + Partners
People + Partners
Meet the network of people, organisations, and professional institutions driving research and program implementation across the Stillbirth CRE.
Our work
Our Work
Explore some of the latest Stillbirth CRE research projects, scientific studies, and educational campaigns on stillbirth prevention and care after stillbirth.
Parent STories
News + Events
News + events
View the latest news and events from the Stillbirth CRE and our collaborating partners.
Get Involved
Get Involved
There's so many ways to contribute to stillbirth research. Sign up to our newsletter to stay in touch with the latest news, join our community, make a donation, or participate in research. Find out all the ways to Get Involved.
Safer Baby in pregnancy
Care after loss
Seeking Support
Research and news

Our aim is to improve care to reduce the number of stillborn babies and to reduce the impact of this loss.
Frequently asked questions
Get Involved

Media Release: Global Report on Stillbirth Demands Action

8 Oct, 2020

Australia has made some progress in reducing stillbirths over the last 20 years but this neglected tragedy demands significantly more attention, according to a major new global report.

The United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation will today release its first ever comprehensive data analysis on global stillbirth rates.

The report, titled A Neglected Tragedy: The global burden of stillbirths shows that over the past two decades, progress in lowering the stillbirth rate has not kept pace with achievements in saving mothers’ lives or newborns in the first weeks of life.

It also warns the disruption to essential health services triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic could see an additional 200,000 stillbirths over a 12-month period.

The report, which classifies stillbirth as the birth of a baby with no signs of life after 28 weeks’ gestation, finds that while Australia has made some headway in reducing stillbirth rates since 2000, it has not kept pace with countries like Japan, Denmark and Singapore that have achieved greater improvements.

Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence Director, Professor Vicki Flenady, said the landmark report reinforced the need for a continued commitment from policy makers and health professionals to prioritise stillbirth as a significant public health challenge.

“Stillbirth is a devastating ordeal for families with long-term emotional, psychological and financial consequences. This new report from leading global organisations UNICEF and the WHO clearly shows Australia has more work to do when it comes to sparing families from this burden.”

“In Australia, there are some signs of a reduction in stillbirth rates and this is encouraging. We have introduced the Safer Baby Bundle to improve maternity practice and the Australian Government is currently finalising a National Stillbirth Action and Implementation Plan. However this report demonstrates that momentum must be maintained if we are to make real progress.”

With 40 per cent of stillbirths at term in Australia still “unexplained”, Professor Flenady said significantly more discovery research needed to be supported to find out why stillbirths are occurring, and help reduce late term stillbirths in particular. Higher rates of stillbirth among Indigenous, migrant and lower socioeconomic groups also need to be addressed.

“The next phase of our work to reduce stillbirth rates in Australia must focus on these dual pillars of discovery research and equity. By doing this, we could save the lives of hundreds of babies a year,” she said.


Media Contact

Margaret de Silva
Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth
+61 7 3163 6326 |