Anneka Bowman

Anneka Bowman

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Anneka Bowman is Research Fellow in the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) Women and Kids Theme. She has a unique breadth of knowledge that draws on her extensive experience as a national clinical trial coordinator, as well as experience managing and conducting epidemiological research through national datasets. Her statistical experience, understanding of effective research translation, and experience in working with vulnerable populations are essential to ensure the best prevention of poor outcomes during the perinatal period.

Anneka currently undertakes collaborative research work at a national level to inform and develop guidelines to NHMRC standards, specifically the Care after Stillbirth and Neonatal Death guidelines as well as the South Australian Safer Infant Sleeping Guidelines.

As an investigator on the project undertaking Cultural adaption of the Safer Baby Bundle (a preventative campaign developed by the Stillbirth CRE to educate and promote awareness of stillbirth prevention across Australia) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, Anneka's work for the Department of Health through the Stillbirth CRE's adaption of the Safer Baby Bundle will target the prevention of stillbirth in Australia's most vulnerable populations.

In collaboration with the Strong Futures Center for Research Excellence, Anneka assists with a large scoping review examining the impact of Out of Home Care on Indigenous and First Nations Children and Adolescents globally. This work will go on to inform Child and Youth Protection care arrangements, and also to assist in improving culturally safe care moving forward.

Anneka's research focuses on the impact of lifestyle, environment and sociodemographic factors on perinatal outcomes, primarily stillbirth. her initial systematic review of risk within high-income countries encompassed 390 studies and over 40 risk factors. The outcomes of this research will aid in informing policy and future research programs to develop preventative campaigns. 

In conjunction with the systematic review, Anneka analysed data from the South Australian Perinatal Data collection.  Anneka's focus on stillbirths, and from this data set, gained valuable insight into the current prevalence of stillbirth in Australia, and by geospatial analysis, identified the differences in risk prevalence between areas of residence. 

Anneka is also an Investigator on the "Sorry Business Babies" project, a Project with the Stillbirth CRE adapting stillbirth prevention resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. This research involved extensive community consultations, qualitative data analysis and working with a range of stakeholders, community members, and Elders from Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities across Australia. 

Following completion of her PhD, Anneka has worked as a methodologist updating the Australian Care after Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Guidelines. This work is funded by the Australian Department of Health and managed through the Stillbirth CRE. 

As well as her personal research endeavors, Anneka is a member of numerous committees in an advisory capacity including the South Australian Safer Infant Sleeping guideline working group, the Stillbirth CRE Indigenous Advisory committee, the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand event and conferences committee, and the SAHMRI Women and Kids consumer advisory board. 

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - 2022 Affiliate Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2022 - ongoing Research Fellow SAHMRI
    2014 - 2022 Clinical Trial Coordinator South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide
    2010 - 2014 Clinical Research Assistant International Musculoskeletal Research Institute (IMRI)
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 - 2022 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy
    2011 - 2014 Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia Masters of Research Management and Commercialisation
    2011 - 2012 Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia Graduate Certificate of Research Commercialisation
    2004 - 2010 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor degree of Health Sciences - Reproductive Health
  • Research Interests

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