Collaboration

Collaborative partnership is core to the AMOSS approach.

Based on the UK Obstetrics Surveillance System (UKOSS) exemplar, AMOSS continues to work closely with this group.

AMOSS is a founding member of the International Network of Obstetric Surveillance Systems (INOSS), a multi-country collaboration formed to facilitate studies of uncommon and severe complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

The value of a national surveillance network was demonstrated during the 2009 H1N1 epidemic, when AMOSS collaborated with the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS) Clinical Trials Group to investigate the epidemiology of H1N1 in pregnant women admitted to intensive care in Australia and New Zealand. The ANZICs Clinical Trials Group and AMOSS co-authored a paper on the findings that was published in the British Medical Journal in March 2010.

Ongoing collaboration and partnership with Professional Colleges and other bodies includes the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG), Australian College of Midwives (ACM), Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia & New Zealand (SOMANZ), Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ), ANZICS and jurisdictional and national bodies including the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) in New Zealand.

Partnership with health services, community and peak bodies (such as RHDAustralia) has been developed since inception. In addition to surveillance and data collection of participating AMOSS sites, ongoing communication and dialogue promotes awareness and education. This is particularly important in conditions such as rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy, where missed diagnosis in this disease of (overall) low prevalence can have serious impact in pregnancy.

Partnership and funding initiatives support surveillance and research of selected maternal conditions that reflect public health priorities. We gratefully acknowledge our funding partners, including the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), National Breast Foundation, International Vasa Previa Foundation, Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Royal Hospital for Women (current at December 2015)