Information and communication about perinatal autopsy:  

Meeting the needs of parents and clinicians

Staff Questionnaire 

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire - it will only take 20 minutes to complete.

The Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA) in collaboration with the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Perinatal Mortality Group (PSANZ PMG) is undertaking this survey of doctors, midwives, nurses and social workers providing maternity and/or neonatal care across Australia and New Zealand to identify the needs of staff regarding communication and consent for autopsy following a perinatal death.  This survey forms part of an international study initiated by the Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA) and endorsed by the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA).  

As a perinatal clinician your views and experiences with consent for perinatal autopsy will help to identify future initiatives to support best practice around autopsy consenting procedures including identification of educational needs for staff.  A similar survey will also be undertaken of parents after a stillbirth or neonatal death. In addition, for midwives and doctors caring for women around the time of stillbirth we are seeking information regarding the investigations for both mother and baby performed at this time.

International coordinators are: UK - Alex Heazell; Australia - Vicki Flenady; US - Ruth Fretts.

If you would like further information about this survey or about ANZSA or the PSANZ PMG please contact the secretariat by emailing Vicki Flenady Vicki.flenady@mater.org.au or phoning 07 3163 1592 or visit our website at:
www.stillbirthalliance.org.au  or www.psanzpnmsig.org 

Supported by: 

Mater Mothers’ Research Centre

Department of Health and Ageing

Mater Health Services


South Brisbane