Stillbirth is an unaddressed public health problem. In Australia almost 3000 families each year suffer this loss and there has been no improvement in stillbirth rates for over 20 years. Up to 60% of stillbirths are unexplained and these tragic deaths, in apparently healthy mothers and babies, are now ten times more common than Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. The stillbirth rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women is almost double that of non-Indigenous women. Despite these alarming figures relatively little attention has been paid to stillbirth. Globally, suboptimal data on causes and contributing factors, and inadequate methods to detect women at increased risk, are major obstacles to further reductions in stillbirth. In addition, care after stillbirth is suboptimal, increasing the impact on women and families. In the 2011 Lancet Stillbirth Series, and the upcoming 2016 Ending Preventable Stillbirths series, a global multi-professional group of experts brings urgently-needed attention to stillbirth, highlighting fatalism and stigma as major issues inhibiting action to reduce these deaths. Our research clearly shows that many of these deaths are potentially preventable, particularly those beyond 28 weeks’ gestation. Urgent action is needed. The Stillbirth CRE will implement evidenced based interventions to prevent stillbirths and improve quality of care after a stillbirth through effective conduct of large-scale high-quality studies addressing priorities, and the development of clinical practice guidelines to optimise care.
|Short title||The Stillbirth CRE|
|Effective start/end date||1/11/16 → 31/10/21|