Around 3000 families experience perinatal loss each year in Australia. The loss of an infant to stillbirth or neonatal death is a potentially traumatic life event that is often associated with enduring psychological distress, including prolonged and complicated grief, and has profound effects on quality of life.
The care women and families receive following perinatal loss is a major contributor to long-term wellbeing. Improving perinatal bereavement care, including the care families receive in community after discharge from hospital, is an urgent priority in Australia.
This project aims to improve perinatal bereavement care for parents through the development and implementation of a new evidence-based online grief support program that addresses the psychological impacts of perinatal loss. The online program will be coupled with practice facilitation activities, including online educational resources, designed to enhance primary care practitioner skills in providing support and appropriate referral following perinatal loss.
Project investigators engage with and draw up on the expertise of partners within universities, research institutes, and hospital and health services across Queensland and Australia.
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