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Clinical Trials and Research

Perinatal Research

Perinatal clinical trials and research projects are designed to be able to answer important questions about the care and health of childbearing women and their babies. The goals of these studies are to support a national and international collaborative approach to evidence based health care. Evidence based health care ensures that women and their infants receive the best possible care, based on the best possible evidence.

The Institute of Women’s and Children’s Health at The Townsville Hospital (TTH) collaborates on a number of large-scale, national and international perinatal clinical trials and research projects. All clinical trials and research projects conducted at the hospital are approved and assigned a protocol number by The Townsville Health Service District Ethics Committee. This safeguard ensures that the medical and ethical experts who have evaluated each study believe that the study does not pose any unnecessary or inappropriate risks to women or their babies.

Perinatal research projects - currently in progress

 Project Name

 Research Question

Australian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System

The study of rare severe conditions in pregnancy to improve the safety and quality of maternity care in Australasia.
AMOSS - Australian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance System

ANZSA Stillbirth Study
Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA) Stillbirth Study.

Investigating the causes of stillbirth: a prospective cohort study examining use and effectiveness of a comprehensive investigation protocol.

Perinatal clinical trials - currently recruiting

 Project Name

 Research Question

Folic Acid Clinical

Does high dose folic acid supplementation from early pregnancy (8 - 16+7 wks of gestation), until birth, prevent new preeclampsia?

Magnesium Sulphate at 30 to 34 Weeks’ Gestational Age: Neuroprotection Trial

Does antenatal magnesium sulphate, compared with placebo, given to women at risk of preterm birth between 30 and 34 weeks’ gestation when birth is imminent reduce the risk of death and cerebral palsy in their children at two years’ corrected age?

Australian Placental Transfusion Study

Should very preterm babies receive a placental transfusion at birth?

Impact on CAesarean Rates following Injections of Sterile water

Does Sterile Water Injections as an intervention for back pain in labour reduce the in labour CS rate?



 Conference / Seminar / Workshop

Using evidence to promote freedom of movement for women in labour.  (Oral presentation)

Australian Confederation of Midwives conference "Midwives - for the next generation"

ANZSA Stillbirth Study
Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA) Stillbirth Study. (Poster presentation)

Australian Confederation of Midwives conference "Midwives - for the next generation"

If you are invited to participate in a research project or a clinical trial, it is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities.

  • You have the right to full and complete information about what the study means for you personally. This process is known as informed consent.
  • It is your choice whether or not you want to join a research study. Only you can decide whether joining a trial is right for you or not. If possible you should discuss your participation in the study with your family.
  • You have the right to withdraw from a research study whenever you want, and for any reason.

You have the right to ask questions about the study, both before it begins and as it continues.

All the data collected is kept confidential and is de-identified thereby protecting your privacy. No identifiable data is published and all records are kept in a secure locked cupboard.

If you are interested in participating in a perinatal clinical trial or research project, or would like more information, then please contact a member of The Townsville Hospital Perinatal Research Team: Telephone: +61 7 4433 1467; or email The Perinatal Research team.

Relevant Links

The Cochrane Library

National Health and Medical Research Council

Queensland Health Research and Ethics Management


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Last updated: 1 September 2015