The vision of PSANZ-SANDA is to reduce the number of stillbirths and neonatal deaths in Australia and New Zealand and to ensure families receive the best possible care and support around the time of stillbirth.
PSANZ-SANDA’s mission is to promote the conduct of high quality collaborative research and best clinical practice for stillbirth and neonatal deaths in Australia and New Zealand through multidisciplinary collaboration in partnership with parents.
While infant mortality rates have continued to decline in Australia over the past two decades there has been no overall reduction in the rate of stillbirth. Stillbirths account for 70% of perinatal deaths. Over 2,000 babies are stillborn in Australia and New Zealand every year occurring at a rate of approximately 7 out of every 1000 births; approximately 7 babies each day. The death of an unborn baby is a devastating and traumatic event, with long-lasting psychological, social and economic impacts on parents, families and society. PSANZ-SANDA has a focus on reducing the impact of stillbirth on individuals and the community by reducing the number of stillbirths, and improving care and support for families affected.
As a subcommittee of PSANZ, PSANZ-SANDA has an extensive professional (clinical and research) network, and collaborates with community, parent and professional organisations such as the Stillbirth Foundation Australia, SIDS and KIDS, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Support (SANDS), the Australian College of Midwives, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the International Stillbirth Alliance and Mater Research in order to achieve its vision and mission.
The main drivers for the work of PSANZ-SANDA include:
- Stillbirth as a major national and international public health problem
- Lack of clinical practice standards
- Lack of uniform definition and data collection practices