The ACT Government has signed on to the Safer Baby Bundle (SBB), a national package of education and awareness measures aimed at reducing rates of stillbirth. The Safer Baby Bundle is designed to improve the care women and their families receive by targeting five areas where research shows lives can be saved. Using international expert advice and research-based evidence, it is a collection of change ideas and interventions designed for health professionals and pregnant women across Australia.
The five elements of the SBB are:
The SBB package is developed by the Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth (Stillbirth CRE) and supported by the Australian Government.
Initiatives for ACT health professionals
The SBB resources are designed for midwives, doctors, health service managers, nurses, and other health care providers providing maternity care.
SBB resources are available here for healthcare professionals and include:
- best practice recommendations
- implementation tools including clinical checklists and care pathways
- a measurement strategy including Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and audit tools
- an educational program for health care providers (both eLearning and face-to-face training)
- educational resources for women including a mobile phone app.
They are based on the evidence summaries developed in partnership with the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ). Where evidence was limited, best practice guidance was established through consensus of multidisciplinary teams for each of the SBB elements.
Development of the SBB has drawn from the expertise and experience of international advisors from the UK Saving Babies Lives Bundle.
Information for pregnant women and their health care professionals
The Safer Baby initiative provides pregnant women with information to help understand the risk factors in five key areas where it is known that stillbirth can be prevented. Click on each key area to learn more.
For more information visit the Safer Baby Bundle website or contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office on NMO@act.gov.au.