Terms of Reference

The future of stillbirth research and education in Australia, with particular reference to:

  1. consistency and timeliness of data available to researchers across states, territories and federal jurisdictions;
  2. coordination between Australian and international researchers;
  3. partnerships with the corporate sector, including use of innovative new technology;
  4. sustainability and propriety of current research funding into stillbirth, and future funding options, including government, philanthropic and corporate support;
  5. research and education priorities and coordination, including the role that innovation and the private sector can play in stillbirth research and education;
  6. communication of stillbirth research for Australian families, including culturally and linguistically appropriate advice for Indigenous and multicultural families, before and during a pregnancy;
  7. quantifying the impact of stillbirths on the Australian economy; and
  8. any related matters.

The committee will consider individual cases and personal experiences where these address and are directly relevant to the terms of reference. The committee does not intend to accept personal records, such as medical records, coroners' reports and/or death certificates.

The committee is not in a position to consider or examine personal disputes, and may choose not to accept or publish material that reflects adversely on another party.

Please note that all documents sent to the inquiry become committee documents on receipt, and are only made public following a decision of the committee. The committee may decide not to accept or not to publish material that is, in the committee's opinion, not relevant to the terms of reference or which reflects adversely on others.

Committee Secretariat contact:

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

Phone: 02 6277 3555
Fax: 02 6277 3899