Safety & Quality in Maternity Care: Preterm Birth Prevention Initiative - 4 May 2021 at 12:30pm (AEST)


The focus of this webc onference is about a Preterm Birth Prevention (PBT) Initiative and shifting the conversation to the importance of 39 weeks based on evidence based practice.

Preterm birth (PTB) is the single most important cause of perinatal mortality and morbidly in the developed world. Recent advances have expanded our knowledge of how some cases of preterm birth may be prevented, but effective implementation of new clinical strategies across an entire population remains a challenge. (J.Newnham ajog(link is external))

In Australia, the rate of preterm birth is 8-9%, resulting in more than 26,000 preterm infants each year. In Aboriginal populations, the rate is approximately double.

During this web conference, Prof John Newnham will set the scene of PTB in Australia, and how a comprehensive and multifaceted PTB Prevention Birth Program (5 key interventions) aimed at clinicians and the general public can significantly lower the rate of PTB.  This initiative showed a significant increase of births in the 39 week.

Please click here to see the report: Reducing preterm birth by a state-wide multifaceted program: an implementation stud

About the presenter:

Professor John Newnham is the Chair of the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance.  Recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities in the prevention of preterm birth, Prof John Newnham’s 35+ year contribution to the field of obstetrics has positively impacted and saved the lives of countless women and infants.

John’s enduring research interest had been to discover strategies to safely reduce the rate of preterm birth. He has published widely on this subject and is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities.

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