SUDI Nationwide Study

The SUDI Nationwide study is funded by the Health Research Council and led by Principal Investigator Prof. Ed Mitchell, University of Auckland. It follows on from the ground-breaking research of 25 years ago which informed the practice of putting babies to sleep on their back. 

The research study:

  • Is the most in-depth study of infant care practices, especially around the sleep environment
  • Will investigate sleeping practices in the baby’s life, together with baby’s antenatal and postnatal health and current living situation
  • Aims to increase understanding about SUDI, including the impact of co-sleeping and whether it is possible for co-sleeping to occur safely, and the factors, if any, which might mitigate the effects of adverse social and environmental factors.
  • Gathers information on both Cases and Controls, Controls are selected from the birth register to match the age, sex, ethnicity and obstetric hospital of a baby who has died of SUDI sometime before 2009.

Whānau are invited to participate in the study, and in so doing will be contributing to a valuable body of information that will increase current knowledge enabling policy makers and health professionals to give informed advice that will lead to the prevention of infant deaths in the future.

Whānau who are interested in knowing more can contact the SUDI Liaison Team