Red Nose Submission to the Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education

June 2018

Red Nose believes that it is time for Australia to decide that reducing stillbirth is a National issue.

When preparing our submission we noted the successful strategies implemented by our international counterparts and saw through their success; real potential for Australia to make significant inroads into reducing the stillbirth rate.

After discussions with The Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, Dr Catherine Calderwood, we were able to unpack an efficient and effective approach that could easily be tailored to Australian needs.

Red Nose’s submission outlines a program with five key prevention strategies:

  1. Patient education campaign – that stillbirth can happen to anyone and that some are preventable
  2. Implementation of a new package to reduce smoking in pregnancy across all maternity units in Australia
  3. Raising awareness for reduced fetal movement
  4. Risk assessment and fetal surveillance for fetal growth restriction
  5. The implementation of a new Perinatal Mortality Review Tool

To read more, download our submission here.