Two Safer Care Victoria fellows have been marked as researchers to watch, after receiving national recognition for research that will improve outcomes for mothers and babies.
Roshan Selvaratnam was awarded a NHMRC Stillbirth Centre for Research Excellence PhD Top-Up Scholarship, as well the People’s Choice Early Career Research Award at the national Stillbirth CRE Forum earlier this month.
Roshan presented on the unintended consequences of reporting severe fetal growth restriction (FGR) rates, which SCV does through its annual Perinatal Services Performance Indicators report.
“Reporting this performance measure has improved the detection of severe FGR. But we’re also seeing that normally grown babies are being delivered earlier which can cause unintended iatrogenic harm,” Roshan said.
“This tells us we need to improve the specificity of FGR detection, which is now my priority work at SCV with the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM).”
Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck also received the Stillbirth CRE Postdoctoral Award, which will support her work into preventing stillbirth with SCV and CCOPMM.