The role of The Still Aware Clinical Advisory Board is to ensure the information relied on through Still Aware is compiled from the most current and up to date, evidence and research based data and publications. The clinicians and professionals volunteering their time are considered experts in their field and their guidance to the Still Aware Board is greatly appreciated and of integral importance to our cause. At Still Aware our remit is explicitly to raise awareness and provide education based on stillbirth research. The Still Aware Clinical Advisory Board is a prenatal health advisory platform specifically aligned with delivery of accurate, validated information, with stillbirth prevention top of mind. This platform enables our not-for-profit charity to ensure we continue to gather international reports, publications, data and care provisions offered, and those which should be offered, to aid delivery to expectant families and clinicians Australia wide. Together with reporting on suggested advice of health care provisions to the Australian federal and local governments.
After 10 years as Associate Professor in Maternal – Fetal Medicine at the Free University in Amsterdam, Gus migrated to Adelaide. He is the Clinical Director of the Women and Children’s Division of the Northern Adelaide Health Service (Lyell McEwin Hospital and Modbury Hospital), and Professor in Obstetrics & Gynaecology with The University of Adelaide, Northern Campus. His academic PhD Thesis Erasmus entitled ‘Prediction and Prevention of Pregnancy-Induced Hypertensive Disorders. A Clinical and Pathophysiologic Study’; included the world’s first prospective RCT on low-dose Aspirin in the prevention of preeclampsia. His areas of specific interest align firmly with the Still Aware mission of ending preventable stillbirth and adverse pregnancy outcome. Gus has been highly successful in translating basic science progress into preventative strategies that really changed clinical obstetrics. His work is widely published with 231 publications to his name.
Gus is one of the founders of the SCOPE group with his Adelaide collaborators has successfully completed the clinical part of the Australian contribution to the global SCOPE study; the largest ever program aimed at developing robust clinically useful predictors for preeclampsia, preterm labour and intra-uterine growth restriction. His clinical work involves maternal-fetal medicine and obstetric medicine. He is nationally and internationally recognised as one of the leading experts in the fields of preeclampsia and thrombophilias and adverse pregnancy outcome. He has been instrumental in transforming the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Lyell McEwin Hospital from a district hospital maternity service into what is now recognised as one of the most innovating and evidence based departments in South Australia with the largest number of training medical officers.
Based in the United Kingdom, Jane is the Chief Executive of Tommys.org. Since joining the team in 2000, Jane’s efforts have seen the charity develop from funding 1 research centre to 4 research centres and has established an award winning pregnancy information service for parents. Through her role she advises various Department of Health groups on antenatal care and represents the views of parents. She is also involved on the steering groups of many research studies ensuring that results are widely disseminated to parents. Jane helps many parents to get the care they need.
An experienced Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Helen works with the NSW Pregnancy and newborn Services Network (PSN) and The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. She is well versed and experience in perinatal matters and educates on maternity crisis management through training of clinicians. She was instrumental in forging a network for professionals in the midwifery sector, allowing for open lines of communication; The Maternity Support Network (MSN), provides leadership and support to achieve high quality of maternity services to women.
Adrienne is a Neonatal Staff Specialist in the RPA centre for newborn care and an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. She has a Masters of Public Health and a PhD on risk factors for stillbirth for which she received an NHMRC Public Health Scholarship. She is particularly interested in perinatal topics with a public health impact that have the potential to improve pregnancy and newborn outcomes. Adrienne is on several State and National Committees that are directly responsible for policy and practice in the provision of perinatal care. She is an avid supporter of evidence-based policy and practice and is passionate about translating research into clinical care. She led the Sydney Stillbirth Study which assessed modifiable risk factors for late pregnancy stillbirth across nine different hospitals.
A senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics at Manchester University, Dr Heazell shares his time equally between clinical practice and research along with teaching within the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, School of Biomedicine. His passion for stillbirth research and obstetric care stems, in part, from his personal understanding, after his son Jack was stillborn in 2001. Alex is Clinical Director of the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre and leads the stillbirth research theme at the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, which includes projects to understand the reasons for stillbirth, and prevention of perinatal mortality and improving care for parents whose babies die before or shortly after birth. Alex operates Rainbow Clinic, a specialist clinical service or parents who have experienced a stillbirth in a previous pregnancy. This is supported jointly by Tommy’s and Central Manchester University Foundation Hospitals NHS Trust.
Dr Heazell is the Chair of The International Stillbirth Association (ISA) board, and works with the Scientific Advisory Committee within ISA to improve information for parents and direct effective research. He has been involved in the Confidential Enquiry into Perinatal Deaths in Cumbria (2009-2010) and has worked closely with Sands and the Human Tissue Authority to develop a national consent form package for post-mortem after perinatal death, both of which translated research findings into clinical practice. Additionally he volunteers his time as Patron & Medical Advisor to UK charity Kicks Count and is part of the team of Medical Advisors to US based Star Legacy Foundation.
A Registered General Nurse in January 1986 following training at the Lyell McEwin Hospital in Elizabeth Vale, Carol worked at the Waikerie District Hospital as a Registered Nurse (RN). In March 1997, she undertook my Midwifery training at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Fullarton, successfully registering as a Midwife in May 1988.
She returned to the Waikerie District Hospital and worked as a Registered Nurse/Midwife (RN/RM) until July 1994 and was involved in conducting the Antenatal classes, and forming a postnatal Home Visiting Service.
In 1994 Carol moved employment to Central Districts Private Hospital (CDPH) in Elizabeth Vale, initially as a RN/RM level 1 & then as Clinical Midwife Consultant for 4 years during my employment. She predominantly worked on the Obstetric/Gynae ward, but also on the general wards as required. She conducted the antenatal classes & formed a monthly postnatal morning tea session. During her employment at CDPH that I first came to care for women & their families who have suffered a pregnancy loss.
In July 2004 Carol joined the Lyell McEwin Hospital as a RN/RM, in the Women’s & Children’s Division, to gain more experience in High Risk Obstetrics. In 2006, as permanent staff member in the Birthing & Assessment Unit High Risk she gained a great amount of experience caring for women & their families suffering a pregnancy loss. She is involved in all aspects of their care, from the first meeting, through to care in labour & also in the postnatal period, guiding them through each process. She does so with empathy & professionalism in these difficult times. Taking both personal & professional satisfaction in caring for these women & their families, as she guides them through this difficult process that they find themselves in. A member of a craft group she donates her time painting memory boxes for families experiencing a pregnancy loss.
She welcomes the opportunity to join the Still Aware Clinical Advisory Board and feels in doing so she will be able to enhance care for bereaved families.