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Research suggests that many stillbirths may be avoidable. We also know there is low awareness of the risk factors for stillbirth.

So we've teamed up with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Stillbirth Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) to improve outcomes for mothers and their babies, using the IHI’s proven Model for improvement.

Since June 2019, the Safer baby collaborative has been working with participating Victorian health services to reduce stillbirth rates during the third trimester.

Using the ‘Partnering in healthcare’ framework, we are including consumer voices and representatives across the participating teams, and in leadership roles for this program.

We are testing and spreading evidence-based clinical care to reduce the rates of stillbirth, focussing on five areas of practice:

  • Improving rates of smoking cessation in pregnancy
  • Diagnosis and management of fetal growth restriction
  • Increasing public awareness of the importance of fetal movements
  • Raising awareness of safe maternal sleep positions
  • Promoting appropriate timing of birth and mitigating unintended consequences or harm.

Phase 1 ran from June 2019 – March 2020, before being paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Phase 2 commenced in November 2020, with the majority of services continuing their participation.


For the first time in 18 years, maternity data is showing a decline in stillbirth rates (Victoria’s Mothers, Babies and Children 2019 report).

Who's involved?

Albury Wodonga Health

Ballarat Health Services

Benalla and District Memorial Hospital

Bendigo Health

Cabrini Health

Djerriwarrh Health Services

East Grampians Health Service - Ararat

Eastern Health – Angliss Hospital

Eastern Health – Box Hill Hospital

Echuca Regional Health

Latrobe Regional Hospital

Maryborough District Health Service

Monash Health – Casey Hospital

Monash Health - Clayton

Monash Health – Dandenong Hospital

Northern Health

Peninsula Health – Frankston Hospital

Royal Women's Hospital - Women's Alcohol and Drug Service

South West Healthcare - Warrnambool

St Vincent’s Private Hospital

Werribee Mercy

West Gippsland Healthcare Group




By June 2021 we intend to reduce the stillbirth rate by 30% in participating health services. 

Resources for health services

Partnering in healthcare framework

Our Partnering in healthcare framework and self-assessment tool will help services involve women and their families, respond to their needs and expectations and deliver care that is safe, woman-centered, equitable and effective.

Victoria’s Mothers, Babies and Children report 2019

The Victoria’s Mothers, Babies and Children report from the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM), provides access to comprehensive data on all maternal, perinatal and paediatric mortality and morbidity, including stillbirth.

Perinatal services performance indicators 2018-19

The Victorian Perinatal services performance indicators report provides benchmarking data on a range of clinical indicators, including smoking cessation and detection of fetal growth restriction.

Get in touch

Maternity collaboratives
(03) 9285 3651

Page last updated: 24 Feb 2021

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