Welcome to Sands Tasmania

Sands Tasmania is a self-help support group comprised of parents who have experienced the death of a baby through miscarriage, medical termination, stillbirth, or newborn death.

Sands Tasmania provides immediate and ongoing support to bereaved parents, families and friends. Sharing with others who have had similar experiences can assist parents to work through the often intense grief which follows the death of a baby.

Sands Tasmania began with a meeting on the 20th September 1983, and has been supporting parents and their families for over 30 years. 

Sands Tasmania have also been educating health workers and medical professionals in the care of bereaved parents.

 

History and achievements:

2014

'Blow Bubbles to  your baby that died' event and Sand Awarness held at Glenorchy, Hobart

2008

25th birthday party celebrating our volunteers.

2008

Release of book "Our Babies Have Died: Stories of Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Neonatal Death".

2003

20th Birthday celebration

2003

20th Anniversary Memorial edition of "Your baby has died…" published.

2001

Participation in the development of literature and consent forms for parents regarding autopsy examinations.

2000

Incorporation of the SANDS Australia Research Foundation.

2000

The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, agreed to issue certificates for stillborn babies born prior to 1986.

1998

Launch of "Fathers grief…when a baby dies" pamphlet.

1997

Sands Tasmania successfully tenders to provide services to bereaved parents in Tasmania.

1997

Launch of the pamphlet "Making decisions…when a baby dies".

1996

The first ‘Older Loss Support Group’ was formed following the massive response to publicity regarding parents and families whose baby had died many years ago.

1995

Sands became an active member of the Consumer Bereavement Group, which was established at the Royal Women’s Hospital as a result of the Reproductive Loss Review.

1995

Sands provided input to the Department of Social Security for the introduction of the Maternity Allowance and Bereavement Allowance payments for stillborn babies.

1994

Established a website which was the first website in the world to use ‘stillbirth’ as a key word.

1986

Development of 'SANDS Hospital Policy' and 'Guidelines for Care of Parents'.

1986

Launch of booklet 'Your baby has died…'.

1985

Changes to legislation for registration of stillborn babies.

1984

Development of network of local support groups throughout metropolitan Melbourne and country Tasmania.

1983

Development of initial training for parent supporters.

1983

Formation of a support group for parents following miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death, later to be known as SANDS (Tas) at a public meeting.