On average six babies are stillborn each day in Australia. In NSW the risk of stillbirth is 6.2 per 1000 births in 2018. This risk has remained relatively unchanged in over a decade.
Reducing stillbirth in Australia
The Australian Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education tabled its recommendations in Parliament inThe with an investment of $7.2 million in initiatives designed to reduce stillbirths. in Parliament in December 2018. The Australian Government responded to the Report with an investment of $7.2 million in initiatives designed to reduce stillbirths.
NSW Health is contributing to the National Stillbirth Action and Implementation Plan to reduce Stillbirth in Australia
Reducing stillbirth in NSW
NSW Health has partnered with the Stillbirth Centre for Research Excellence, Safer Care Victoria and the Queensland Clinical Excellence Division in the 'Safer Baby Bundle', a national initiative to reduce the risk of stillbirth in Australia.
The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) is leading the NSW implementation of the Safer Baby Bundle as part of its Maternity and Neonatal Safety Program which is currently being established. The Safer Baby Bundle has five evidence-based elements that emphasise the importance of best practice care. They are:
Resources have been developed for women and care providers to promote best practice care. For further information and resources see the CEC Maternity and Neonatal Safety Program