Professor, Mater Research Institute; Director, Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth, The University of Queensland

Prof Vicki Flenady is the Director, Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth, Mater Research Institute, University of Queensland. Vicki is the Convenor of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand's (PSANZ) Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Alliance and has lead the development of bi-national clinical guidelines on stillbirth and neonatal death management. Vicki is the Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Stillbirth Alliance. With a background in midwifery, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, Vicki is involved in large scale perinatal epidemiological studies on risk factors and data quality at a national and international level with a focus on stillbirth prevention.

Prof Flenady has over 150 publications (including 30 Cochrane reviews) with 50 in the last five years. She has also authored four book chapters and several state-wide and hospital clinical outcome reports. She led two papers in The Lancet Stillbirths Series in 2011 (one an accompanying research paper) and co-authored all others as a member of the series steering committee overseeing the production and dissemination of the series of six papers, two supplemental papers, and five commentaries. She is a member of the Study Group for The Lancet’s 2016 Ending Preventable Stillbirths series, leading one paper and co-authoring all others (five in total). Other key research publications as lead/senior author include a suite of papers on the development of global indicators for maternity and newborn care and evaluation of classification systems for the development of a new WHO perinatal mortality classification system. She has also authored or co-authored books and several state-wide and hospital clinical outcome reports, as well as developed many national and state guidelines pertaining to perinatal mortality.

In 2016, Prof Flenady led a successful bid to establish a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth which is based on the Lancet’s stillbirth series and priority setting for Australia Prof Flenady has built strong working relationships with various national and international stakeholders with the purpose of collaboratively improving clinical practice, research into stillbirth and awareness about stillbirth among consumer groups.

Vicki has won a number of awards including: the National Institute of Clinical Studies awards, including the Cochrane Users Award for contribution to promotion of the Cochrane Library and an award for implementing the PSANZ Perinatal Mortality Guidelines; the 2011 Eileen Potter Award for Translating Research Into Practice; 2016 Excellence in Research Award Mater Medical Research institute; 2013 the Medal of Distinction Women’s Healthcare Australasia honouring her outstanding contribution at a national level to improving health of women through service provision, leadership and advocacy.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor, School of Medicine, School of Population Health, and School of Nursing and Midwifery, The University of Queensland