Sydney Local Health District (SLHD)
Infant loss is a devastating life event, around 80 families per
year in the Sydney Local Health District experience stillbirth or
neonatal death with a lack of community support.
The Sydney Stillbirth Study used data from bereaved families
and demonstrated the need for family hospital follow up
including being seen for longer, in a space not near pregnant
women and the need for specialised bereavement support.
Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL’s donation opened the
multidisciplinary clinic to support families. The iSAIL clinic offers
integrated service and care, meaning families avoid returning
to hospital on multiple occasions. The clinic offers a full team
for coordinated appointments.
Community organisations and services are available, including
SIDSandKIDS, Stillbirth Foundation Australia, Art Therapy
workshop and in-hospital support.
The program and service has received $6,500 in donations
and positive media attention. We hope the service will improve
issues for families including for their mental health and return