Received: 11 October 2020
Accepted: 5 November 2020
First Online: 13 November 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Appropriate ethics approval was obtained from the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee in June 2019 (approval number: HREC/2019/QRBW/47709). The processes used by this HREC to review multi-centre research proposals have been certified by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The waiver of consent and breach of the Australian Privacy Principles for the collection of retrospective health data were considered justified in accordance with National Statement 2.3.10 and are approved. Obtaining consent from participants for survey components is built into electronic surveys, on the introductory page participants are informed that ‘by completing and submitting this survey, you will be indicating your consent to participate’. Written consent will be obtained from participants prior to undertaking in-person interviews and focus groups. Due to limitations with undertaking in-person interviews/focus groups as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, ethics approval was also obtained to attain informed consent either verbally (for phone interviews) or electronically (prior to on-line focus groups through consent question in an on-line registration portal).
: Not applicable
: VF is Co-Director for the Stillbirth CRE and receives salary support through an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship. DE is Co-Director of the Stillbirth CRE and has received funding from NHMRC and MRFF. PM is a chief investigator on the Stillbirth CRE and receives salary support through a NHMRC Investigator Grant. All other authors declare that they have no competing interests.