Contact the PSANZ Secretariat at:                                                                       December 2013
12 Upper Wights Mtn Rd, Samford QLD 4520
PO Box 488, Samford QLD 4520
0417 772 996
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Welcome to this month's Christmas edition of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand e-newsletter! 
We at PSANZ would like to wish you all a wonderful festive season. As you contemplate 2013 it may be timely to celebrate the highs, accept the lows and look forward to 2014 with positive anticipation.
We are always looking for items of interest for the PSANZ community. Please send news of your branch, sub-committee or SIG, of upcoming meetings or an article you found relevant via email. They could make an appearance in the next e-news! We appreciate all contributions.

Please feel free to email Wendy Crockford at or phone on 07 3289 3656 or 0417 772 996 if you have any queries or concerns relating to PSANZ.

PSANZ 2014 Congress

The Congress not to be missed! An outstanding opportunity for networking and discovery with our multidisciplinary society.  Click here to see all the details.
Register Now! Early Bird closes January 17th

Keep up to date with the latest research from numerous segments of the PSANZ umbrella and take the opportunity to increase your network across the globe.

The upcoming PSANZ 18th Annual Conference is being held at the award winning Crown Convention Centre in Perth from 6-9 April, 2014. 

This year, PSANZ is working with DOHaD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease).  Both programs will unite on the morning of Wednesday April 9, with the PSANZ closing ceremony at 2pm.  The DOHaD meeting will then continue on in the afternoon of April 9 and conclude at 5pm on April 10. â€¨ â€¨Registration is available for the three day PSANZ conference PLUS the DOHaD conference (at a discounted rate).  More details on the registration page. 

Quality and Safety in Perinatal Care

The annual PSANZ Satellite Workshop of the PSANZ PMG and ANZSA. 
The workshop will consist of:
Session 1: A workshop on identification of areas for improving outcomes for mothers and babies through identification of contributory factors and potentially avoidable adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes, and
Session 2: Improving the detection of fetal growth restriction.

Thursday, 10th APRIL 2014, 08:30 am to 14:30 pm

Venue: King Edward Memorial Hospital, 374 Bagot rd. Subiaco, Western Australia

Please see the program flyer and registration form, including speakers and topics. Submit your registration form today to secure your place.  

Click here for full details.

IMPACT Workshop

Interdisciplinary Maternal Perinatal Australasian Clinical Trials network
IMPACT is holding its Annual Workshop immediately proir to the Congress
Date:   Saturday 5th April (12.30 pm to 5.00 pm and Sunday 6th April (09.00 am to 1.30 pm)
Venue: Crown Convention Centre. (Same venue as te Congress)

More details to follow.

The 28th Fetal and Neonatal Workshop

  •  The Workshop will be held at the Yanchep Inn, Yanchep National Park, Yanchep, WA, on Friday 4 - Saturday 5th April, 2014. 
  •  Shared accommodation will be available from $25 to $70 per night
  • The conference dinner will be held on Friday 4th, April.
  • Final registration costs, dates for registration and abstract deadline will be sent out shortly.
  • Registration will be open in early January, from HERE
  • Transport to and from Perth will be organised for those who need it.
  • Due to the success of the private winery tour in Adelaide, plans for a similar event is being organised for Thursday, 3rd April, for those interested. More information to follow.

PSANZ Consumer Advisory Panel

Call for expressions of interest 
The PSANZ Board of Directors is seeking nominations for membership of the PSANZ Consumer Advisory Panel.
This new PSANZ entity has arisen from the need identified through the development of the PSANZ strategic plan to ensure that PSANZ meets the needs of the community and families that its members serve.
Please refer to the Consumer Advisory Panel’s Terms of Reference and Membership. Remuneration to offset costs of participating in meetings, including the PSANZ annual congress, will be available to members.
Expressions of interest, which address the appointment criteria, should be submitted to Lynn Sinclair at by January 30 2014.
Vicki Flenady                                  Frank Bloomfield
PSANZ President                            PSANZ President - elect

Early Career Researcher Symposium

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The Victorian Branch will hold an Early Career Researcher symposium on 24th March 2014, at the Sunshine Hospital, St Albans. The symposium will highlight the work of PSANZ ERC members who are recipients of awards from PSANZ. Please direct your inquiries to Tim Moss at

PSANZ Policy Committee

Seeking membership 
As a result of the PSANZ strategic planning in late 2012, a PSANZ Policy Committee recently has been established.  
The overarching purpose of this committee is to support and develop high quality protocols focussing on clinical practice across the breadth of perinatology. Please refer to the Terms of Reference and Membership, including the list of a core establishment group of the committee.
The success of this committee will depend on effective engagement of all PSANZ members working in the area of policy development and dissemination. To this end, we invite interested members to join the new PSANZ Policy Committee. The new PSANZ Consumer Advisory Group will form a crucial part of the Policy Committee and we also are currently seeking representation from the relevant colleges.
We look forward to working with a multidisciplinary team of PSANZ members to expand the leadership role of PSANZ in ensuring high quality perinatal care.
Please send expressions of interest to Lynn Sinclair at by 30th January, 2014.
Vicki Flenady                                  Frank Bloomfield
PSANZ President                            PSANZ President - elect

Building a Better PSANZ - We Need Your Help!

Call for Expressions of Interest in Special Interest Groups.
Each of these groups is keen to expand its membership to advance its purpose. Please contact the relevamt people to find out more.
Fetal and Neonatal Physiology Workshop (email)
The aim of this SIG is to have multidisciplinary membership with geographic representation from across Australia and New Zealand. Find out more on the SIG website.
Perinatal Mortality Group (email)
This group has been working on the development of a Clinical Practice Guideline for perinatal mortality audit, incorporating psychological and social aspects of perinatal bereavement. You can find out more about the SIG here.
Perinatal Pain (email)
Background issues surrounding pain in perinatal care have become a common focus for many of the perinatal disciplines. There is a drive for more research and a focus on getting evidence into practice. As such, this group was formed. P-Pain Special Interest group is calling for Expressions of Interest from PSANZ membership for the office-holding position of (1) Chairperson, (2) Secretary and (3) Visionary. Please email the secretariat by 30th November 2013. If you would like to know more about the P-Pain SIG please email Kaye Spence for more information. 
Perinatal Palliative Care (email)
Visit the SIG website for more information.
Perinatal Substance Use (email)
The Perinatal Substance Use SIG has been established to maintain liaison with international bodies, advance members' knowledge in managing perinatal substance use, promote research and data collection in the field and provide advice on matters pertaining PSU. You can find out more from the PSU website.
Neonatal Resuscitation (email)
Visit the SIG website for more information on this group.
Neonatal Retrieval (email)
At the past three PSANZ conferences there has been formal retrieval meetings held with agenda, facilitators and approximately 15-20 participants at each meeting. More on the group can be found on the PSANZ website.

Recruiting Now

WA’s new Fiona Stanley Hospital is now recruiting Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurses, Clinical Midwives, Midwives and Enrolled Nurses in maternity and neonatal services. For further information visit:

What's New

IMPROVE Goes International
IMPROVE Educators, including PSANZ President Vicki Flenady, Members of the Institute for Reproductive and Family Health and IMPROVE participants.
The IMPROVE Course (Improving Perinatal Mortality Review & Outcomes Via Education), a SCORPIO style event with 6 interactive stations based on uptake of the PSANZ Perinatal Mortality Guidelines, went International in October, being taught in Hanoi, Vietnam at the International Stillbirth Alliance Meeting.

The course has been developed and continually updated with the involvement of a large group of dedicated health professionals including members of the PSANZ Perinatal Mortality Special Interest Group, Australian New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance, SIDS and Kids to name a few, and is approved by a number of Colleges including RANZCOG. The aim of teaching the course in Vietnam was to determine whether it can be modified to assist developing countries in reducing perinatal mortality, one of the WHO millennium development goals.

The course was a great success and the local staff was very positive about the potential for modification for developing countries. We look forward to working further with the team in Vietnam as well as presenting IMPROVE at the International Stillbirth Alliance meeting in Amsterdam in 2014.
Please visit the ANZSA home page at to see the full IMPROVE Vietnam brief with photos.


Deborah Harris - Young Investigator Award, Imperial College, London
Congratulations to Deborah Harris who recently was awarded the Young Investigator Award at the Imperial College, London Neonatal Update meeting, which attracts researchers and clinicians from all over the world.
Deborah presented findings from her recently completed PhD, focusing on the results of a a randomised controlled trial demonstrating that treatment of neonatal hypoglycaemia with 40% dextrose gel reduces admission to NICU for hypoglycaemia and increases short-term breast-feeding rates.The publication of the trial can be found HERE
Deborah is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Waikato Hospital in New Zealand and is continuing her research into neonatal hypoglycaemia within the LiFePATH research group at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.

Deborah was Chairperson of the New Zealand Perinatal Society from 2001 to 2004.
Neonatal Update 2014 Young Investigator Awards.
Awards are offered for two outstanding young investigators to present a 20 minute resumé of their research achievements at the annual Neonatal Update.
Click here for more information regarding this award.
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