Anneka is a PhD student from the University of Adelaide based in South Australia. Her research projects are part of a collaborative link between the University of Adelaide, the Stillbirth CRE, and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). The research focuses on lifestyle, environmental and sociodemographic risks associated with stillbirth within high-income countries. This year Anneka and her team have completed data extraction for a large systematic review examining these risk factors and their impact in high income countries. After extraction of some 400 studies, the analysis is approaching completion.
Anneka’s second project entails utilisation of a large local perinatal dataset encompassing all births within South Australia (SA) from 1998 to 2016. This dataset reviews the same lifestyle and environmental risk factors, identified in the systematic review, and their association with stillbirth across SA. This research identifies populations at risk, occupational groups at risk, and further investigated the impact of potential risk mitigation strategies and where we should focus our efforts to reduce stillbirth rates in SA. Drafting of the final manuscript is currently underway.