A/Prof Vicki Flenady is Director of the Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Centre and Program Head of the Optimising outcomes for mothers and babies at risk research program, both within Mater Research.
Vicki also has Adjunct positions as an Associate Professor at The University of Queensland’s School of Medicine, School of Population Health, and School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Vicki is known widely as an international and national perinatal epidemiologist. With a background in midwifery, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, she is involved in large scale perinatal epidemiological studies on risk factors and data quality at a national and international level with a focus on stillbirth prevention. Vicki is a Founding Member and Secretary of the Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA). Vicki is also the current President of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ), and Convenor of the PSANZ Perinatal Mortality Group (PSANZ PMG).
Vicki has authored or co-authored 100 peer reviewed papers in national and international journals, 31 of these are Cochrane reviews. In 2011, Vicki was lead author on two papers in the Lancet Stillbirth Series, co-author on a third and is a member of the Lancet Stillbirth Series Steering Committee overseeing the production and dissemination of the series of six papers, two supplemental papers, and five commentaries. She has also authored or co-authored books and several state-wide and hospital clinical outcome reports, as well as developed many national and state guidelines pertaining to perinatal mortality. Vicki is the Associate Editor of BMC Public Health and is a reviewer for eight other journals, including the Lancet and BJOG.
Vicki has built strong working relationships with various national and international stakeholders with the purpose of collaboratively improving clinical practice, research into stillbirth and awareness about stillbirth among consumer groups. Her collaborations include SIDS and Kids, SANDS Australia, Stillbirth Foundation Australia, Teddy Love Club, Bears of Hope, SANDS NZ, SANDS UK, First Candle, First Breath US, CiaLapo in Italy and UMAMANITA in Spain.
Vicki has won a number of National Institute of Clinical Studies awards, including the Cochrane Users Award for contribution to promotion of the Cochrane Library and an award for implementing the PSANZ Perinatal Mortality Guidelines. In 2011 she received the Eileen Potter Award for Translating Research Into Practice, Mater Medical Research Institute. Most recently, she received the 2013 Medal of Distinction established by Women’s Healthcare Australasia honouring her outstanding contribution at a national level to improving health of women through service provision, leadership and advocacy.