Perinatal Post-Mortem Service May

Perinatal mortality is an important indicator of the health of the Australian community. Current trends in perinatal mortality highlight significant variation, especially for Aboriginal families and families with poor social determinates of health.

NSW Health Pathology and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead are working together to provide a better service to the hundreds of NSW families who are affected by baby loss or stillbirth. 

The partnership will improve access to expert perinatal post-mortem examinations and support.

Additionally, NSW Health Pathology is developing a new statewide Perinatal Post-Mortem Service Model to ensure we can better respond to the needs of families and give them the opportunity to understand the reasons for their loss.

Rather than working independently of one another, existing specialist staff will operate under a single, statewide service model and by 2018 non-coronial perinatal post-mortem services will be provided from three centres:  Westmead, Randwick and Newcastle. This will help develop more consistent, efficient and family-centred care for those who have lost a baby.

Our Project Manager Angela Morgan is developing information that could help families understand what happened to their baby and guard against subsequent stillbirths or other perinatal issues.

The new service model will ensure that families who choose a perinatal post-mortem examination receive the information and support they need in a way that suits them.

For more information contact Angela Morgan, Perinatal Post-Mortem Project Manager  ph. 02 49204114.