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October 2014

2014 International Conference on stillbirth, SIDS and baby survival - Full abstracts available

The 2014 ISA and ISPID conference was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 18-21 September 2014. The conference was a great success and showcased many inspiring presentations.

To download the conference book including all abstracts click here.

September 2014

BJOG release: Stillbirth gap closing between indigenous and non-indigenous women, shows Australian study

New research has suggested that the gap in stillbirth rates between indigenous and non-indigenous women in Queensland, Australia, is closing, but that indigenous women are still at risk of stillbirth due to preventable causes. PhD student Ibinabo Ibiebele and colleagues conducted the study at the Mater Research Institute and the School of Population Health at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. The study was published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).

Click here for more.

June 2014

PMMRC New Zealand 8th Annual Report released

The Perinatal Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) of New Zealand has released its 8th Annual Report. The PMMRC is responsible for reviewing maternal deaths and all deaths of babies from 20 weeks gestation up to 28 days after birth, or weighing at least 400g if gestation is unknown. It advises the Health Quality & Safety Commission of New Zealand on how to reduce these deaths.

Click here to access.

April 2014

The International Congress on Stillbirth, SIDS and Baby Survival (ISA/ISPID Congress), Amsterdam.

Abstract submission closes on 15th May.


ANZSA is excited to partner in The ISA/ISPID Congress, which will be held from September 18th to 21st 2014 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Abstract submission and registration is now open at

We hope to see as many of you as possible there for this exciting and important congress.


February 2014

My Baby's Movements App Presented on ABC radio's 'Babytalk'

Listen to Vicki Flenady and Glenn Gardener discuss the My Baby's Movements App and upcoming clinical trial on ABC radio's Babytalk with Penny Johnston. Interview podcast available on the Stillbirth in the News page.


March 2014

Call for Board Nominations for the Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance

Message from the Chair of ANZSA, Adrian Charles:

I would like to notify you of the call for nominations for members of the ANZSA Board which is now open and will close 10th March 2014.

ANZSA is seeking nominations from individuals and full member organisations for individuals with a passion and willingness to contribute to the work of ANZSA in a meaningful way to reduce the numbers of stillborn babies and improve care for families who have a stillborn baby. Nomination of those who have played an active role in one or more of the ANZSA Committees and/or have made a substantial contribution to the objectives is highly desirable.

We wish to have a spread of expertise with clinical experience, researchers, epidemiologists, indigenous health experts, parents and others to enable the organisation to help deal and find solutions to reduce the burden of stillbirth and the related issues in Australia and New Zealand. 

Kindly submit nominations by completing the nominations form (downloaded HERE) and submit to the ANZSA secretariat via Elections will be undertaken at the Annual General Meeting to be held during the PSANZ Congress on 9th April.

We look forward to your submissions,

Kind Regards,

Adrian Charles

Chair, Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance


December 2013

Now available - Translated Brochures on Decreased Fetal Movements

The ANZSA brochure 'Pregnancy - Your Baby's Movements and What They Mean' has been updated and now includes translations into seven languages: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese), Hindi, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Visit the Resources for Parents section for more.


December 2013

Stillbirth in the News - A Blood Test for Stillbirth Prevention

Researchers from Mercy Health are developing a blood test that could help to detect unborn babies at risk of stillbirth. The blood test works by measuring markers in the mother's blood that suggest oxygen deprivation in the baby.

See various articles on this story at our Media Centre.


November 2013

IMPROVE Goes International - Vietnam

The IMPROVE Course (Improving Perinatal Mortality Review & Outcomes Via Education), a SCORPIO style educational workshop with 6 interactive stations based on uptake of the PSANZ Perinatal Mortality Guidelines, went International in October, being taught in Hanoi, Vietnam at the International Stillbirth Alliance Meeting. The course has been developed and continually updated with the involvement of a large group of dedicated health professionals including members of the PSANZ Perinatal Mortality Special Interest Group, Australian New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance, SIDS and Kids to name a few, and is approved by a number of Colleges including RANZCOG. The aim of teaching the course in Vietnam was to determine whether it can be modified to assist developing countries in reducing perinatal mortality, one of the WHO millennium development goals. The course was a great success and the local staff was very positive about the potential for modification for developing countries. We look forward to working further with the team in Vietnam as well as presenting IMPROVE at the International Stillbirth Alliance meeting in Amsterdam in 2014.

See the brief and photos HERE.

October 2013

Upcoming Event:

Quality and safety in perinatal care: The annual PSANZ Satellite Workshop of the PSANZ PMG and ANZSA

The workshop will consist of Session 1: A workshop on identification of areas for improving outcomes for mothers and babies through identification of contributory factors and potentially avoidable adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes, and Session 2: Improving the detection of fetal growth restriction.

Thursday, 10th APRIL 2014, 08:30 am to 14:30 pm

Venue: King Edward Memorial Hospital, 374 Bagot rd. Subiaco, Western Australia 

See the program flyer and registration form, including speakers and topics. Submit your registration form today to secure your place.


July 2013

Gold Coast Marathon

A message from Heidi Mules, Gold Coast Marathon Fundraiser 

"On 7th July 2013, the day of the Gold Coast Marathon, our daughter Sophie would have been 19 months old. Unfortunately she was stillborn at 41 weeks in 2011. Her death was the result of what is medically termed an 'accidental placenta abruption', meaning there was no known cause, nor was there any way to predict it was going to occur.
To commemorate her life, Ned and I will be participating in the Gold Coast marathon to fund raise for the Australian and New Zealand Still Birth Alliance (ANZSA). We hope that with further funding and research, associations such as this will be one step closer to determining the 'why' that constantly haunts us, and 'how to prevent this happening again'.

I will be almost 8 months pregnant on this date, so will graciously be participating in the 5.7km walk, and Ned will be running the 10km challenge.

Please give as generously as you are able to. It will mean a lot to Ned, myself, and other families who have been through a similar tragedy."

Sophie Mule's Memorial Fundraising Page:

If you or anyone you know would like to fund-raise on behalf of ANZSA, search for the Australia and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance on  or find our page here.

Please also read about her story here:

ISA Annual Conference 2013. Hanoi, Vietnam - 16th to 18th October

Please click HERE for more details.

Region and International Conference on Stillbirth and Perinatal Death Prevention: It will be an exciting opportunity to bring together researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, bereaved families, medical students and support organizations from many different countries to share and discuss knowledge, experiences, research and application in reality.

International Neonatal Nursing Conference 2013

5th - 8th September 2013, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Visit for full details and program information.

2013 ANZSA and PSANZ Perinatal Mortality Group Workshop - 18th APRIL

Download the flyer and registration form for this workshop to be held on Thursday 18th April, 2013 in Adelaide, South Australia. Please see the detailed Program for the day HERE.

"Beyond the Numbers - Maternal Deaths and Neonatal Mortality" Workshop

Please view presentations here.

XX FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics
7 - 12 October 2012 in Rome

Bringing stillbirth out of the shadows for all women having a baby in Australia

Friday, 14 September 2012

A recent editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia asks the question "Can Australia rise to the challenge of reducing the rate of avoidable stillbirths?".

Med J Aust 2012; 197 (5): 256-257.

The Lancet's Stillbirth Series Report 2400 Stillbirths Each Year in ANZ

The Lancet Medical Journal published the Lancet's Stillbirth Series yesterday Thursday 14th April 2011 with the aim of highlighting this important global health issue.   Simultaneous launches were held in London, New York, and Hobart in partnership with the Lancet, the International Stillbirth Alliance and its member organisations, World Health Organisation, Save the Children, UNCIEF and UNFPA.  Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this series aims to prioritize stillbirth in the context of maternal, child and newborn survival with the overall goal of bringing together epidemiology, evidence for interventions, costing estimates and policy analysis to guide decision making and promote action with measurable change by 2020.   To access the six papers, two articles and eight comments please visit here.

There are over 2.6 million stillbirths worldwide every year, with 98% of the burden in high and middle income countries.  In ANZ there are 2400 families who lose their precious baby to this global health problem.  Four ANZ experts spoke to the media yesterday providing information on numbers, causes, interventions, disparities and the enormous impact this has on families. To listen to this media briefing, and read our ANZ Fact Sheet please visit the Australian and New Zealand Science Media Centre.

For further information about the Lancet's Stillbirth Series please visit here