Tragically, on average six babies are stillborn each day in Australia. In NSW the rate of stillbirth is 6 per 1000 births in 2018. This rate has remained relatively unchanged in over a decade.

Reducing stillbirth in Australia

The National Stillbirth Action and Implementation Plan was developed in response to the Australian Senate Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education recommendations

The main goal of the plan is to reduce stillbirth rates in Australia by 20% or more within the next 5 years. The Australian Government response included an investment of $7.2 million in initiatives designed to reduce stillbirths.

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

Current as at: Thursday 8 July 2021
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