Stillbirth Research and Education

4 December 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN 978-1-76010-882-3

View the report as a single document - (PDF 1984KB)

Correspondence from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers regarding paragraph 4.116 (received 11 December 2018) (PDF 212KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

The Committee (PDF 42KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 13KB)
Definition of terms (PDF 20KB)
Recommendations (PDF 56KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 36KB)

Referral and conduct of the inquiry
Structure and scope of this report
Notes on references

Chapter 2 - Stillbirth in Australia—an overview (PDF 337KB)

Stillbirth rates
Causes of stillbirth
Risk factors

Chapter 3 - Quantifying the impacts of stillbirth (PDF 201KB)

Direct and indirect costs
Impact on families
Intangible costs
Impact on healthcare providers
Employment-related costs
Best practice employment models
Committee view

Chapter 4 (PDF 257KB)

Quality and scope of data
Perinatal mortality audits
Autopsies and other post-mortem investigations
Committee view

Chapter 5 (PDF 243KB)

Government funding for stillbirth research
Other research funding
Research priorities
Innovative technology and coordinated research efforts
Corporate sector partnerships
Committee view

Chapter 6 (PDF 107KB)

Continuity of care
Culturally appropriate models of care
Support for bereaved families
Culturally appropriate bereavement care
Committee view

Chapter 7 (PDF 188KB)

A hidden tragedy
Public awareness campaigns
Education for families
Education for clinicians and other health professionals
Autopsies and other port-mortem investigations
Protocols for stillborn babies held in hospital morgues
Culturally appropriate education
Education for employers and work colleagues
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Chapter 8 (PDF 88KB)

International policy context
Australia's policy framework
Towards a National Stillbirth Action Plan
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Appendix 1 - Submissions, answers to questions on notice, tabled documents and additional information (PDF 30KB)
Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 20KB)
Appendix 3 - Special Parental Leave provisions in selected Enterprise Agreements and Awards by jurisdiction (PDF 1143KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Senior Clerk's Office
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

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Fax: 02 6277 3899