Addressing stillbirth inequities in Australia: Steps towards a better future

Alice R. Rumbold, Jane Yelland, Deanna Stuart-Butler, Madeline Forbes, Clemence Due, Frances M. Boyle, Philippa Middleton

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Persistent disparities in stillbirth risk and care are present in Australia. Eliminating these disparities is possible with a commitment to enhancing and scaling up models of culturally safe maternity care shown to be effective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and those of migrant and refugee backgrounds. Campaigns to improve public awareness of stillbirth also play an important role in reducing stillbirth risk and consequences. To achieve reach and impact in communities at risk, messaging needs to be framed around the social and cultural context of women's lives. Here we describe important initiatives underway within the Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence to develop a coordinated national approach to stillbirth prevention and care in communities that bear a disproportionate burden of stillbirth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-525
Number of pages6
JournalWomen and Birth
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • Australia
  • Cultural Competency
  • Culturally Competent Care
  • Female
  • Fetal Death/prevention & control
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services, Indigenous/organization & administration
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Humans
  • Maternal Health Services/organization & administration
  • Oceanic Ancestry Group
  • Pregnancy
  • Refugees
  • Stillbirth/ethnology
  • Transients and Migrants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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