Bringing SIDS experts to Perth

Monnia Volpi-Wise with Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.
Monnia Volpi-Wise with Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi.

The SIDS and Kids WA prevention services manager will travel to Denmark for the 2014 conference in September and present her proposal.

Ms Volpi-Wise’s grant was announced at the Perth Convention Bureau Awards, which aim to market WA as a destination for conferences, raise awareness and attract investment and tourism.

She said continued research and awareness of SIDS was essential, as the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome was still unknown.

‘Although we have come a long way and we do know some risk factors, the actual cause is still unknown,’ Ms Volpi-Wise said. ‘It’s heartbreaking for families, particularly people with healthy pregnancies.’

Ms Volpi-Wise has been investigating the rate of SIDS among minority and indigenous groups as the theme for her proposal.

She said Perth would be an ideal location for the next conference because WA had one of the highest rates of SIDS in Australia, but has also successfully reduced those rates over the past decade.

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said supporting scientific research was a strategic initiative for the City of Perth.

Red Nose Day is on Friday, June 27 with all proceeds from red noses going to SIDS and Kids WA.