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In Victoria the stillbirth rate is 6.2 per 1000 births. Research suggests that many of these may be avoidable. We also know there is low awareness of the risk factors for stillbirth.

By July 2020 Safer Care Victoria aim to reduce stillbirth during the third trimester by 30 per cent in participating health services through the Safer Baby Collaborative.

About the Safer baby collaborative

We've teamed up with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to improve outcomes for mothers and their babies.

Through our Safer baby collaborative we’re partnering with health services to use the IHI’s proven model for improvement

The collaborative will run from June 2019 until June 2020.

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



Our focus

We will reduce stillbirth rates by focusing on five key aspects of care:

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


A 30 per cent reduction in stillbirth in the third trimester in participating maternity 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 2017

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 2017-18

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

Felicity Czarnecki
Safer Care Victoria
(03) 9096 1308

Page last updated: 14 Aug 2019

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