Associate Professor Vicki Flenady

Honorary Associate Professor

SOMSouthern - Obstetrics and Gynaecology - Mater Hospital
Faculty of Medicine

Honorary Associate Professor

Mater Research Institute-UQ
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

A/Prof Vicki Flenady leads the Stillbirth Research program at Mater Research –University of Queensland and is a nationally and internationally recognised perinatal epidemiologist.

Vicki is well known for her expertise in Cochrane systematic reviews, clinical trials and the development and implementation of high quality clinical practice guidelines. With a background in midwifery, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, her research is now devoted to stillbirth prevention through improving identification and care for women with risk factors and improving data quality to drive change. Vicki also has a major interest in improving care for parents whose child is stillborn including in a subsequent pregnancy.

Vicki is currently leading two NHMRC funded studies; a large scale cluster randomised controlled trial testing the role of a mobile phone app for women on decreased fetal movements in reducing stillbirth and a multisite study to identify causes of stillbirth and the value of recommended investigations for stillbirth.

Through the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ), Vicki leads a collaboration across Australia and New Zealand promoting best practice in perinatal mortality through bi-national guidelines and clinician education with a major focus on investigation into the causes of stillbirth and bereavement care. Vicki has been a member of steering committees for two series on stillbirth published in The Lancet which has set the global agenda for stillbirth. Vicki's research nationally is facilitated through the PSANZ in partnership with the Stillbirth Foundation Australia and internationally through the International Stillbirth Alliance.

Publications

  • Heazell, Alexander E. P., Siassakos, Dimitrios, Blencowe, Hannah, Burden, Christy, Bhutta, Zulfiqar A., Cacciatore, Joanne, Dang, Nghia, Das, Jai, Flenady, Vicki, Gold, Katherine J., Mensah, Oliva K., Millum, Joseph, Nuzum, Daniel, O'Donoghue, Keelin, Redshaw, Maggie, Rizvi, Arjumand, Roberts, Tracy, Saraki, H. E. Toyin, Storey, Claire, Wojcieszek, Aleena M. and Downe, Soo (2016) Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences. The Lancet, 387 10018: 604-616. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00836-3

  • McArdle, Annie, Flenady, Vicki, Toohill, Jocelyn, Gamble, Jenny and Creedy, Debra (2015) How pregnant women learn about foetal movements: sources and preferences for information. Women and Birth, 28 1: 54-59. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2014.10.002

  • Ibiebele, I., Coory, M., Boyle, F. M., Humphrey, M., Vlack, S. and Flenady, V. (2014) Stillbirth rates among indigenous and non-indigenous women in Queensland, Australia: is the gap closing?. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 122 11: 1476-1483. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.13047

  • Flenady, Vicki, Reinebrant, Hanna E., Liley, Helen G., Tambimuttu, Eashan G. and Papatsonis, Dimitri N. M. (2014) Oxytocin receptor antagonists for inhibiting preterm labour (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2014 6 Article CD004452.: . doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004452.pub3

  • Heazell, A. E. P., McLaughlin, M-J, Schmidt, E. B., Cox, P., Flenady, V., Khong, T. Y. and Downe, S. (2012) A difficult conversation? The views and experiences of parents and professionals on the consent process for perinatal postmortem after stillbirth. Bjog-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 119 8: 987-997. doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03357.x

  • Flenady, Vicky, Smith, Gordon, Ellwood, David, Erwich, Jan Jaap, Froen, J. Frederik and Khong, T. Yee (2011) Stillbirth in high-income countries – Authors' reply. Lancet, 378 9794: 875-875. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61410-4

  • Flenady, Vicki, Koopmans, Laura, Middleton, Philippa, Froen, J. Frederik, Smith, Gordon C., Gibbons, Kristen, Coory, Michael, Gordon, Adrienne, Ellwood, David, McIntyre,Harold David, Fretts, Ruth and Ezzati, Majid (2011) Major risk factors for stillbirth in high-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, 66 8: 483-485. doi:10.1097/OGX.0b013e318235215c

  • Pattinson, Robert, Kerber, Kate, Buchmann, Eckhart, Friberg, Ingrid K., Belizan, Maria, Lansky, Sonia, Weissman, Eva, Mathai, Matthews, Rudan, Igor, Walker, Neff, Lawn, Joy E., The Lancet's Stillbirths Series steering committee and Flenady, Vicki (2011) Stillbirths: how can health systems deliver for mothers and babies?. The Lancet, 377 9777: 1610-1623. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62306-9

  • Goldenberg, Robert L., McClure, Elizabeth M., Bhutta, Zulfiqar A., Belizan, Jose M., Reddy, Uma M., Rubens, Craig E., Mabeya, Hillary, Flenady, Vicki and Darmstadt, Gary L. (2011) Stillbirths: The vision for 2020. Lancet, 377 9779: 1798-1805. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62235-0

  • Flenady, Vicki, Middleton, Philippa, Smith, Gordon C., Duke, Wes, Erwich, Jan Jaap, Khong, T. Yee, Neilson, Jim, Ezzati, Majid, Koopmans, Laura, Ellwood, David, Fretts, Ruth and Froen, J. Frederik (2011) Stillbirths: The way forward in high-income countries. Lancet, 377 9778: 1703-1717. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60064-0

  • Bhutto, Zulfiqar A., Yakoob, Mohammad Yawar, Lawn, Joy E., Rizvi, Arjumand, Friberg, Ingrid K., Weissman, Eva, Buchmann, Eckhart, Goldenberg, Robert L., The Lancet’s Stillbirths Series steering committee and Flenady, Vicki (2011) Stillbirths: what difference can we make and at what cost?. The Lancet, 377 9776: 1523-1538. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62269-6

  • Lawn, Joy E., Blencowe, Hannah, Pattinson, Robert, Cousens, Simon, Kumar, Rajesh, Ibiebele, Ibinabo, Gardosi, Jason, Day, Louise T., Stanton, Cynthia, The Lancet's Stillbirths Series steering committee and Flenady, Vicki (2011) Stillbirths: Where? When? Why? How to make the data count?. The Lancet, 377 9775: 1448-1463. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62187-3

  • Flenady, Vicki, Koopmans, Laura, Middleton, Philippa, Frøen, J. Frederik, Smith, Gordon C., Gibbons, Kristen, Coory, Michael, Gordon, Adrienne, Ellwood, David, McIntyre, Harold David, Fretts, Ruth and Ezzati, Majid (2011) Major risk factors for stillbirth in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet, 377 9774: 1331-1340. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62233-7

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Featured Publications

  • Heazell, Alexander E. P., Siassakos, Dimitrios, Blencowe, Hannah, Burden, Christy, Bhutta, Zulfiqar A., Cacciatore, Joanne, Dang, Nghia, Das, Jai, Flenady, Vicki, Gold, Katherine J., Mensah, Oliva K., Millum, Joseph, Nuzum, Daniel, O'Donoghue, Keelin, Redshaw, Maggie, Rizvi, Arjumand, Roberts, Tracy, Saraki, H. E. Toyin, Storey, Claire, Wojcieszek, Aleena M. and Downe, Soo (2016) Stillbirths: economic and psychosocial consequences. The Lancet, 387 10018: 604-616. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00836-3

  • McArdle, Annie, Flenady, Vicki, Toohill, Jocelyn, Gamble, Jenny and Creedy, Debra (2015) How pregnant women learn about foetal movements: sources and preferences for information. Women and Birth, 28 1: 54-59. doi:10.1016/j.wombi.2014.10.002

  • Ibiebele, I., Coory, M., Boyle, F. M., Humphrey, M., Vlack, S. and Flenady, V. (2014) Stillbirth rates among indigenous and non-indigenous women in Queensland, Australia: is the gap closing?. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 122 11: 1476-1483. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.13047

  • Flenady, Vicki, Reinebrant, Hanna E., Liley, Helen G., Tambimuttu, Eashan G. and Papatsonis, Dimitri N. M. (2014) Oxytocin receptor antagonists for inhibiting preterm labour (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2014 6 Article CD004452.: . doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004452.pub3

  • Heazell, A. E. P., McLaughlin, M-J, Schmidt, E. B., Cox, P., Flenady, V., Khong, T. Y. and Downe, S. (2012) A difficult conversation? The views and experiences of parents and professionals on the consent process for perinatal postmortem after stillbirth. Bjog-An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 119 8: 987-997. doi:10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03357.x

  • Flenady, Vicky, Smith, Gordon, Ellwood, David, Erwich, Jan Jaap, Froen, J. Frederik and Khong, T. Yee (2011) Stillbirth in high-income countries – Authors' reply. Lancet, 378 9794: 875-875. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61410-4

  • Flenady, Vicki, Koopmans, Laura, Middleton, Philippa, Froen, J. Frederik, Smith, Gordon C., Gibbons, Kristen, Coory, Michael, Gordon, Adrienne, Ellwood, David, McIntyre,Harold David, Fretts, Ruth and Ezzati, Majid (2011) Major risk factors for stillbirth in high-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey, 66 8: 483-485. doi:10.1097/OGX.0b013e318235215c

  • Pattinson, Robert, Kerber, Kate, Buchmann, Eckhart, Friberg, Ingrid K., Belizan, Maria, Lansky, Sonia, Weissman, Eva, Mathai, Matthews, Rudan, Igor, Walker, Neff, Lawn, Joy E., The Lancet's Stillbirths Series steering committee and Flenady, Vicki (2011) Stillbirths: how can health systems deliver for mothers and babies?. The Lancet, 377 9777: 1610-1623. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62306-9

  • Goldenberg, Robert L., McClure, Elizabeth M., Bhutta, Zulfiqar A., Belizan, Jose M., Reddy, Uma M., Rubens, Craig E., Mabeya, Hillary, Flenady, Vicki and Darmstadt, Gary L. (2011) Stillbirths: The vision for 2020. Lancet, 377 9779: 1798-1805. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62235-0

  • Flenady, Vicki, Middleton, Philippa, Smith, Gordon C., Duke, Wes, Erwich, Jan Jaap, Khong, T. Yee, Neilson, Jim, Ezzati, Majid, Koopmans, Laura, Ellwood, David, Fretts, Ruth and Froen, J. Frederik (2011) Stillbirths: The way forward in high-income countries. Lancet, 377 9778: 1703-1717. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60064-0

  • Bhutto, Zulfiqar A., Yakoob, Mohammad Yawar, Lawn, Joy E., Rizvi, Arjumand, Friberg, Ingrid K., Weissman, Eva, Buchmann, Eckhart, Goldenberg, Robert L., The Lancet’s Stillbirths Series steering committee and Flenady, Vicki (2011) Stillbirths: what difference can we make and at what cost?. The Lancet, 377 9776: 1523-1538. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62269-6

  • Lawn, Joy E., Blencowe, Hannah, Pattinson, Robert, Cousens, Simon, Kumar, Rajesh, Ibiebele, Ibinabo, Gardosi, Jason, Day, Louise T., Stanton, Cynthia, The Lancet's Stillbirths Series steering committee and Flenady, Vicki (2011) Stillbirths: Where? When? Why? How to make the data count?. The Lancet, 377 9775: 1448-1463. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62187-3

  • Flenady, Vicki, Koopmans, Laura, Middleton, Philippa, Frøen, J. Frederik, Smith, Gordon C., Gibbons, Kristen, Coory, Michael, Gordon, Adrienne, Ellwood, David, McIntyre, Harold David, Fretts, Ruth and Ezzati, Majid (2011) Major risk factors for stillbirth in high-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet, 377 9774: 1331-1340. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62233-7

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