The Stillbirth Foundation’s Scientific Assessment Committee oversees the Foundation’s research agenda, assessing applications for research funding and reviewing the progress of successful applicants. Each member of the committee acts in a voluntary capacity, and we are extremely grateful for their support, time and expertise.
Jonathan Morris AM, Chairman
Professor Jonathan Morris is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and completed his Obstetric and Maternal Fetal Medicine sub specialty training in Sydney. He completed his PhD in Oxford and returned to Sydney in 1998 at the Royal North Shore Hospital. Since then he has built a perinatal research group that extends from basic science to population health.
Jonathan is currently Director of the Kolling Institute for Medical Research. His major research interests are the prediction, prevention and management of pregnancy complications. Jonathan has been a director of Stillbirth Foundation Australia since 2008.
Professor Vicki Flenady leads the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence which aims to reduce stillbirths and improve care for families when a child is stillborn through high quality research and raising community awareness. Vicki was lead author on The Lancet’s stillbirth series in 2011 and 2016. Vicki’s research currently focused on stillbirth prevention through better understanding of causal pathways and risk factors and is currently leading a large-scale trial on a mobile phone app for women on fetal movements to reduce stillbirth rates. With a clinical background in midwifery and neonatal nursing and masters and PhD in perinatal epidemiology in stillbirth prevention, Vicki has a keen interest in addressing evidence practice gaps in maternity care. Vicki is an active member of the International Stillbirth Alliance.
Doctor Adrienne Gordon is known nationally, and emerging internationally, as a clinician and academic establishing a strong research career in the area of stillbirth and adverse perinatal outcomes. Currently a Neonatologist in the RPA centre for newborn care, Dr Gordon is also an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Sydney. Having completed a PhD on risk factors for stillbirth, her current ECR Fellowship aims to develop and pilot test a culturally appropriate information resource for pregnant women targeting health behaviours that can optimise pregnancy outcome.
Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck is an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, with a focus on perinatal and clinical epidemiology. She obtained her PhD from the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University in 2010 where she worked on a number of large prospective cohort studies developing epidemiological and bio-statistical expertise.
Her main research areas include understanding ethnic differences in maternal and perinatal outcomes, stillbirth, improved antenatal detection of small babies, assessing the effectiveness of current antenatal and intrapartum interventions and home birth.
She is a course co-ordinator and teaches postgraduate epidemiology and biostatistics at School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University.
Dr Davies-Tuck has an established collaboration with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, where she has a secondment to undertake research that aligns with department of health priorities and her research interests. She has also written a Department of Health Document, ‘Implementing a public home birth program: Guidance for Victorian public health services’ to instruct health services how to plan, set up and run their own public home birth programs.
Dr Lisa Dawes is a Clinical Research Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Liggins Institute with the University of Auckland. She is passionate about the care of women and their families who have high risk pregnancies and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Medicine in optimising the care of women at high risk of preterm birth.