Danielle Pollock

Danielle Pollock

Research Fellow

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Dr Danielle Pollock is a Research Fellow within the Transfer Science team at the Joanna Briggs Institute. She is actively involved in the JBI Scoping Review methodology group and G-I-N ANZ working group.

She has extensive teaching experience in health and social science, including best practice approaches in evidence-based healthcare. She has significant experience in the development of online and internal courses for undergraduate studies.

Danielle’s previous research background is in psychology and midwifery, specialising in stillbirth and stigma. During her PhD, she developed the Stillbirth Stigma Scale, which measured the prevalence and type of stigma in bereaved parents. Her work highlighted that over half of bereaved mothers faced stigmatising attitudes and beliefs, and these experiences included being discriminated, feelings of contagiousness, isolation and unable to embrace their motherhood identity. Furthermore, Danielle’s work highlighted bereaved parents as advocates in changing the ingrained and fatalistic attitudes towards stillbirth held by clinicians, researchers, and government organisations. Her other research work includes exploring how government, non-government and health care professionals communicate with women about stillbirth.

Danielle is an early career researcher who prides herself on community involvement, such as her role as co-founder of the ASAP (Australian Stillbirth for Awareness and Prevention), and member of the Still Aware Consumer Advisory board and CRE Stillbirth Steering Committee.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Pollock, D., Ziaian, T., Pearson, E., Cooper, M., & Warland, J. (2020). Understanding stillbirth stigma: A scoping literature review. Women and Birth, 33(3), 207-218.
    DOI Scopus2 Europe PMC1
    2020 Pollock, D., Pearson, E., Cooper, M., Ziaian, T., Foord, C., & Warland, J. (2020). Voices of the unheard: A qualitative survey exploring bereaved parents experiences of stillbirth stigma. Women and Birth, 33(2), 165-174.
    DOI Scopus5 Europe PMC1
    2020 Pollock, D., Ziaian, T., Pearson, E., Cooper, M., & Warland, J. (2020). Breaking through the silence in antenatal care: Fetal movement and stillbirth education. Women and Birth, 33(1), 77-85.
    DOI Scopus1
    2020 Pollock, D. K., Esterman, A., Cooper, M., Pearson, E., Ziaian, T., & Warland, J. (2020). Exploring the psychometric validity and reliability of the Stillbirth Stigma Scale in an international sample.. Evidence Based Midwifery.
    2020 Pollock, D., Murphy, M., O'Leary, J., & Warland, J. (2020). Pregnancy after loss during the COVID19 pandemic. Women and Birth, 33(6), 540-543.
    2020 Shakespeare, C., Merriel, A., Bakhbakhi, D., Blencowe, H., Boyle, F., Flenady, V., . . . Wojcieszek, A. (2020). The RESPECT Study for consensus on global bereavement care after stillbirth. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, 149(2), 137-147.
    DOI Scopus1
    2019 Pollock, D., Esterman, A., Cooper, M., Ziaian, T., & Warland, J. (2019). Measuring the silence: development and initial psychometric testing of the Stillbirth-stigma scale. Evidence Based Midwifery, 17(3), 77-83.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2020 Warland, J., Dorrian, J., Pollock, D., & Foord, C. (2020). ‘InUTERO’: The effectiveness of an educational half day stillbirth awareness workshop for maternity care providers. Poster session presented at the meeting of Nurse Education Today. Scotland.

2020  Warland J, Boyle F, Horey D, Pollock D. Stillbirth Foundation Australia. Birthing in Grief  $49,497

2020 O’Brien L, Wimmer L, Libsack S, Pollock D, Warland J, Heazell A. Star Legacy Foundation: Maternal Health and Sleep During Covid-19 (entirely funded by Star legacy Foundation)


  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Co-Founder Australian Stillbirth for Awareness and Prevention Telethon Kids Institute, University of South Australia, Still Aware Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Stillbirth Centre of Research Excellence Mater Institute, University of Queensland Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Consumer Advisory Panel Still Aware Australia
  • Position: Research Fellow
  • Phone: 83130314
  • Email: danielle.pollock@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: 55 King William Road, floor 3
  • Org Unit: Joanna Briggs Institute

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