Pregnancy care to reduce stillbirths;
A survey of healthcare professionals in Australia


What is this survey about?
You are being invited to take part in a survey because you are currently a healthcare professional providing maternity care for women in Australia. This survey is being conducted by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (Stillbirth CRE) in partnership with Clinical Excellence Queensland, Queensland Health. The Stillbirth CRE program focuses on priority areas to address stillbirth which were identified through consultation with clinicians and parents. The priority evidence practice gaps that were identified have been included in a bundle of care, the Safer Baby Bundle (SBB), for implementation nationally. The SBB is modelled on the UK Saving Babies’ Lives Care Bundle which was recently implemented across UK hospitals by the NHS. This survey will help us better understand the impact that the SBB will have on your own practice and your maternity service.


What is my information used for?
Your responses will help us evaluate how antenatal care is delivered before and after the implementation of the SBB and will then be used to improve antenatal care across the country.

The information you provide is completely confidential. We do not ask you to provide your name or any other contact details. Access to survey information will be limited to members of the research team. Once the study has finished we will store your anonymous answers for 7 years in line with ethical requirements.


What do I need to do?
If you decide to take part in this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey that will ask a series of questions that are designed to provide a snapshot of current antenatal care practices in maternity services across Queensland.

  • Firstly, the survey will ask you to answer some demographic questions, such as your role and years of service.
  • Secondly, the survey will ask about your current antenatal care practices in relation to the five elements of care covered by the SBB. Some of the questions will be multiple-choice and others will ask you to give some more details about your thoughts and experiences.
  • The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.

Can I withdraw my answers from the study?

Please note that by completing and submitting this survey, you will be indicating your consent to participate.
As the survey is completed anonymously (the researchers cannot identify you), once you submit your answers, you will not be able to withdraw them. Therefore, by completing this survey you understand that your answers cannot be withdrawn and they will be used in this study. You do not have to participate and you can change your mind at any time. If you do decide to participate but then change your mind before finishing the survey, simply close your web browser.


What will happen to the information I supply?
The information you supply will be analysed by the Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland’s research team (Stillbirth CRE) in partnership with the QLD SBB improvement project team, Clinical Excellence Queensland. Once the study has ended we will keep your anonymous answers for 7 years in line with University of Queensland’s recommendations. Data will only be published at an aggregate level and no information about any individual will appear in any publications or presentations. Access to survey information will be limited to members of the project team only.


Can I get more information about the study?
The survey is being undertaken by the Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth, which is based at Mater Research Institute - The University of Queensland in partnership with Clinical Excellence Queensland, Queensland Health. This survey has been approved by the Metro North Hospital and Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee. Any person with concerns or complaints about the conduct of this survey should contact Ms Anne-Maree Gordon by phoning (07) 36465490 or emailing RBWH-Ethics@health.qld.gov.au.

If you have any questions about the study, feel free to contact Professor Vicki Flenady by phoning (07) 31631592 or emailing vicki.flenady@mater.uq.edu.au or Dr Christine Andrews by phoning (07) 31635344 or emailing christine.andrews@mater.uq.edu.au.


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