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Sands at the Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education

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On Thursday 9 August Sands’ Caretaker CEO, Lyndy Bowden, and General Manager Services, Janelle Marshall, attended the Select Committee on Stillbirth Research and Education’s Public Hearing in Melbourne.

Sands was invited to present at the hearing based on our earlier submission to the enquiry, which called for improvements in the awareness and uptake of bereavement support services like Sands amongst newly bereaved parents as well as greater investment in bereavement education for health professionals.

We were moved to hear members of the Select Committee talk about how stillbirth has affected their lives in the most personal and devastating of ways.

Further, the stories from bereaved parents who spoke of their experiences both prior to their babies being stillborn and afterwards were powerful and affecting, demonstrating how far, how wide, and for how long the personal, financial and societal impacts of stillbirth reach.

Janelle Marshall said that "this really spoke to the need to prioritise research and education into stillbirth and its causes, of health professionals being supported to respond to bereaved parents' emotional needs at a time of such immense grief, and the importance of support services such as Sands being there as an option for all bereaved parents."

“We came away with a real sense of hope that research into stillbirth and investment in education and support for parents and health professionals would become a greater national priority as a result of this Enquiry,” said Lyndy Bowden.

“It is Sands’ aim that all bereaved parents have knowledge of, and equal access to, good quality bereavement support in the hospital and at home and we look forward to greater opportunities to connect with more bereaved parents across Australia in the future.”

Our thanks to Committee Members Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, Senator Kristina Keneally, Senator Catryna Bilyk & Senator Janet Rice.

Pictured: Lyndy Bowden with Senator Malarndirri McCarthy, Senator Catryna Bilyk, Senator Janet Rice, as well as bereaved parents Brett & Doshni Stewart (holding a photo of baby Corralie).

Excellence in Bereavement Care Award Winner

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We're pleased to have been part of judging and presenting the Excellence in Bereavement Care Award as part of the 2018 ACM (Australian College of Midwives) Awards.

This year is the first that the Excellence in Bereavement Care Award has been presented, recognising the growing importance of health professionals having skills and experience in this crucial area.

At a gala dinner at Crown Towers in Southbank on Friday 20 July, our General Manager Improving Bereavement Care, Anita Guyett, presented this Sands-sponsored award to Eliza Strauss, a bereavement midwife at Frances Perry House in recognition of her expertise in caring for women and their families who've experienced the death of a baby.

We congratulate Eliza for her commitment to supporting bereaved parents in her midwifery practice. We know what a difference good bereavement care makes at this exceptionally difficult time in helping people through the trauma of their loss.

Volunteer parent supporters needed

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Are you a bereaved parent living in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast?

We're currently recruiting volunteer parent supporters for our national support line as well as for our face-to-face support groups in New Farm, Logan & Sunshine Coast areas.

Volunteer parent supporters provide emotional support to other bereaved parents and families via:

  • Our national support phone line - via an app on your smart phone (no need to travel anywhere)
  • Monthly face-to-face support meetings

If it's been a year or longer since your most recent pregnancy loss and you feel able to provide support to others, we'd love to hear from you.

We will be conducting training in New Farm on 24/25 August.

Please note:

  • Training for phone support roles will be on Fri 24 August only. Support meeting facilitators will need to be available for training on both days.
  • If you have applied previously but weren’t able to attend training, but you're now available for this training, please email our Services Coordinator This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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