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What’s next for Miscarriage Australia?

Miscarriage Australia strives to provide current and evidence-based information and resources for those affected by miscarriage and the healthcare professionals caring for them.

This website is an ongoing work in progress. We are continually striving to keep the information and resources on our website up to date and relevant.  Information is based on our research and other evidence based research in the field.

To ensure that we meet the needs of individuals using the website, it is important we understand all website users needs.  This helps us identify where there may still be information and resource gaps. Some areas of the website we already know we would like to develop further are the sections for men, LGBTIQA+ individuals and couples, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. To do this, we need your feedback and to collaborate with like minded organisations supporting these groups.

There was just no-one there to . . .acknowledge that it happened to me as well. . .one day I saw myself as a dad, the other day I was not a dad anymore.

Support for Men

Our research with men has shown us they often feel current support for miscarriage is largely directed toward women.  Men often have different information and support needs when it comes to miscarriage, including the type of information they are looking for and how the information is presented – that is, the look and feel of the information and resources. To improve support for men affected by miscarriage, we need to better understand their information and support needs.  This means, undertaking further research with men and using the same human centred design approach to designing and developing resources specifically for men.

Support for LGBTIQA+

In Australia, there has been very little research into the miscarriage support experiences and needs of LGBTIQA+ individuals and couples. In 2023, we intend to undertake a study to better understand LGBTIQA+ individuals and couples support experiences and needs.  We intend to use the information collected as part of this study to expand the LGBTIQA+ information and sections of the website.

Support for people from CALD backgrounds

Similarly, there has been very little research undertaken to understand the miscarriage support needs of people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.  To understand how we can improve our website support for people from CALD backgrounds, we must first understand their miscarriage experiences and how their cultural background, beliefs or traditions may influence their experiences and support needs.  We hope to undertake this research in the near future.

How can I help?

There are a number of ways you can help us continue to improve and expand the website to better support people affected by miscarriage.

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Take part in our research

If you would like to be part of our future search studies to  improve support for those affected by miscarriage – including men, LGBTIQA+ individuals and couples and people from CALD backgrounds – go to our register for research page.

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Make a donation

Research takes considerable time, effort, and funding.  To continue improving and expanding the website we need your help. If you’d like to help, we would welcome your donation. Your donation can help sponsor a research assistant, a student, or resource developer to help expand the information on the website and create further resources.

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Give us feedback

Another way of letting us know what you think of our website and how we could improve or expand it, is to provide feedback through our feedback form.  Your feedback is completely anonymous.

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Collaborate with us

To continue expanding the website we need to partner with like minded organisations who specialise in health/mental health for men, the LGBTIQA+ community and people from CALD backgrounds.  If you would like to discuss potential partnership or collaborative opportunities please contact us.

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Join our Expert Advisory Committee

If you are an Australian based medical or allied health professional working in the reproductive health or perinatal support area and would like to contribute to our work, please contact us to express your interest in joining our Expert Advisory Committee. Expert Advisory Committee members undertake this role on a voluntary (unpaid) basis, assisting us in reviewing medical and emotional care information.  This helps to ensure the information and resources we provide on the website are medically accurate, evidence-based, and reflect best practice.

Become a printing partner – printable fact sheets

Through our research and others’ we understand that information about miscarriage can be overwhelming, especially at the time of receiving bad news. This is why we have developed a number of downloadable and printable fact sheets. You can use our printable fact sheets to read at a time when you are ready, or give to others, such as partners, patients (healthcare providers) or family and friends.  In time, we plan to create more fact sheets to help those affected by miscarriage.

We would like to share these printable fact sheets as far and wide as possible, including in hard copy resource packs at medical and allied health clinics.  You can help us do this by donating to Miscarriage Australia or contacting us to become a printing partner.

Last Updated: October 27th, 2022