Bereavement care resources
The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) along with the Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence (Stillbirth CRE), and the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Alliance (SANDA) have published a Clinical Practice Guideline for care around stillbirth and neonatal death.
The Maternity eHandbook committee would like to acknowledge and recommend the guidance in this document which provides maternity services with a comprehensive guide for management of perinatal death, including:
Institutional perinatal mortality audit
Respectful and supportive perinatal bereavement care
Perinatal autopsy including placental assessment
Investigations for stillbirth
Investigation of neonatal deaths
Perinatal mortality classifications
The Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM)
All perinatal deaths, including stillbirths and neonatal deaths need to be reported to CCOPMM for review.
Please download and complete the relevant template from the list below and email a password protected file to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other helpful resources
Safer Care Victoria, Neonatal eHandbook Clinical Practice Guidelines: Neonatal end of life care
The Victorian Perinatal Autopsy Service (VPAS) provides a co-ordinated state-wide service ensuring consistent standards of practice and expertise for the clinical investigation of perinatal deaths across Victoria. The information found through autopsy assists CCOPMM to provide expert advice on maternal and perinatal outcomes.
Page last updated: 28 Apr 2021