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The Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance

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The Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance is a national Alliance of clinical leaders, researchers, health departments, and communities working together to safely lower the rate of preterm birth in Australia.


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  • Aim
    • The singular aim of the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance is to safely lower the rate of preterm birth in Australia.

    Objectives
    • To implement evidence based clinical guidelines capitalising on existing knowledge and tailored for each jurisdiction.
    • To establish the processes to enable monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of the implementation nationally and in each jurisdiction and on an ongoing basis.
    • For each jurisdiction to be represented on the Steering Committee by two members and wherever possible for this to include a senior and an early career person to ensure effective mentoring and succession planning into the future.
    • For there to be commonality and sharing of resources and badging where appropriate but for each jurisdiction to be encouraged to establish their own chapter and their own package of interventions suitable for their particular environment and in line with the aims of the Alliance.
    • To attract financial support from government and other funding agencies through collaboration of members and the Alliance as a whole.
    • To provide a platform for discovery research and multi-centred clinical trials relevant to the field in partnership with the IMPACT sub-committee of PSANZ.
    • To seek endorsement and collaborations with major national and state-based organisations, including consumers groups as appropriate.
    • To collaborate and partner with other national preterm birth prevention groups as they emerge and where considered appropriate.
    • The Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance is a sub-committee of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ), and sits side-by-side with the other sub-committees.
    • There is an Executive Committee consisting of the three lead Chief Investigators of the NHMRC Partnership Grant awarded April 2018 (APP1151853) and three early career clinicians.
    • There is a Steering Committee consisting of the ten Chief Investigators of the NHMRC Partnership Grant (APP1151853); two members from each jurisdiction (of whom one or both may already be members through their role as one of the ten Chief Investigators); special members as required of Working Groups; a midwife; a consumer representative; a marketing and media person; and a person with fund-raising expertise.
    • The Steering and Executive Committees have a Chairperson and an Alliance Manager.
    • Professor John Newnham (Chair and NHMRC Partnership Grant CIA)(WA)
    • Professor Jonathan Morris (Deputy Chair and NHMRC Partnership Grant CIB)(NSW)
    • Professor Euan Wallace (NHMRC Partnership Grant CIC)(Vic)
    • Dr Kiarna Brown (NT)
    • Dr Lindsay Edwards (Tas)
    • Dr Monika Skubisz (SA)
    • Professor John Newnham (Chair and NHMRC Partnership Grant CIA) (WA)
    • Professor Jonathan Morris (Deputy Chair and NHMRC Partnership Grant CIB) (NSW)
    • Professor Euan Wallace (NHMRC Partnership Grant CIC) (Vic)
    • Professor Dorota Doherty (NHMRC Partnership Grant CID) (WA)
    • Associate Professor Jane Ford (NHMRC Partnership Grant CIE)  (NSW)
    • Professor Jeremy Oats (NHMRC Partnership Grant CIF)  (Vic)
    • Professor Michael Nicholl (NHMRC Partnership Grant CIG)  (NSW)
    • Associate Professor Jeanie Cheong (NHMRC Partnership Grant CIH)  (Vic)
    • Professor Hugh Dawkins  (NHMRC Partnership Grant CII)  (WA)
    • Ms Natasha Donnolley  (NHMRC Partnership Grant CIJ)  (all-state Consumer Representative)
    • Dr Kiarna Brown (NT)
    • Dr Carina Cotaru (NT)
    • Professor David Ellwood (Qld)
    • Dr Boon Lim (ACT)
    • Tanya Nippita (NSW)
    • Dr Lindsay Edwards (Tas)
    • Dr Amanda Dennis (Tas)
    • Dr Monika Skubisz (SA)
    • Dr Rosalie Grivell (SA)
    • Dr Scott White (WA)
    • Professor Philippa Middleton (SA – Data Working Group Member)
    • Ms Paula Medway (all-state Midwife Representative )
    • Mr Richmond Hodgson (WA –Marketing and Media Working Group)
    • Ms Alicia Bauskis  (WA – Economic Analysis Working Group)
    • Ms Deborah Attard Portughes (WA – Fundraising)
    • Dr Catherine Arrese (WA – Alliance Manager)
Statement by The Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance

The Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance wishes to draw attention to recent research indicating that birth before 39 weeks of pregnancy may have important consequences in later life, including behavioural and learning problems in school aged children.

Read the statement here.

 

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