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Celebrating National Volunteers Week

National Volunteer Week

Andre Carvalho

CEO, Sands

Sands on The Today Show

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The experience of miscarriage is again in the public spotlight this week, with Australian cricketer David Warner's wife, Candice, speaking publicly about her own pregnancy loss. Anita Guyett from Sands was part of an emotional discussion on Channel 9's The Today Show about why, despite its prevalence, it's still so hard to talk about miscarriage. 

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Anita also spoke to Mamamia and 9Honey about why it's so important to keep talking about miscarriage and the support options Sands provides to grieving parents who feel they have nowhere to turn.

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Sands Australia bids farewell to CEO Andre Carvalho



It is with both sadness and gratitude that we announce Andre Carvalho’s departure as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sands Australia, effective 15 June 2018.

Since late 2014, Andre has played a critical role in the development, growth and success of the organisation, and while we will miss his leadership, we wish him the best of luck in his new endeavour as the CEO of another wonderful not for profit organisation.

During his time with Sands Australia, Andre has initiated and led our transition to a new single national charity, ensuring Sands will be available to all Australians. Andre also oversaw the expansion and growth of Sands Australia which saw the organisation tripling the number of families we support each year, advancing our bereavement care work to improve the care and support bereaved parents receive following the death of a baby and raising the profile of our cause and our organisation.

Underpinning the delivery of high quality services has been the tripling of our funding over the last three years from government and non-government sources which has furthered our long-term sustainability and enabled the continuing investment into service improvements and other key areas of our organisation such as improving bereavement care. Andre has led a dedicated team, each of whom play an integral role in the everyday running of such a successful organisation.

Andre leaves Sands Australia in a very strong position for future growth and we sincerely thank him for his contribution and leadership during his tenure as CEO.

Lyndy Bowden, Chair of Sands Australia National Council, will take on the role of Caretaker CEO over the next few weeks as we complete the merger of our federated organisations and become one Sands. This will ensure continuity and aid the transition of a new permanent CEO which the new Sands Board of Directors will soon commence recruiting.

The National Council wishes Andre a successful future as he progresses his career.

Lyndy Bowden, Chair of Sands Australia on behalf of Sands Australia National Council

University of South Australia stillbirth survey seeking participants

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University of South Australia researchers are conducting an online stillbirth survey to increase understanding of bereaved parents' experience with the aim of helping to improve bereavement practices as well as to inform future awareness campaigns & policies. 

The survey is conducted online and will take approximately 30 minutes of your time to complete.

The study has been approved by the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee and any parent who has experienced stillbirth is eligible to take part.

To obtain additional information about the survey, or a copy of the final report/survey findings please contact Danielle Pollock on Tel: 0401348259, or Dr. Jane Warland on Tel: +61 8 830 21161. 

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