Contact the PSANZ Secretariat at:                                                                       December 2014
12 Upper Wights Mtn Rd, Samford QLD 4520
PO Box 488, Samford QLD 4520
0417 772 996
Dear <<First Name>>
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 Christmas and a 2015 full of successes, both expected and unexpected!
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 2015 Congress

The Congress not to be missed! An outstanding opportunity for discovery and  networking with our multidisciplinary society.  Click here to see all the details.
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 19th Annual Conference is being held at the Crown Promenade in Melbourne in April 2015. The program will run from the evening of Sunday April 19 (with the Welcome Reception), through to Wednshortly esday April 22.

In additon to the main Cogress, there will be the opportunity to attend several satellite meetings run by Special Interst Groups and Subcommittees of PSANZ. Information is under the Extra Meetings tab of the Congress website. Further meetings are planned and will be published shortly.

ʉ۬Online registration to the Congress is available` on the registration page

New Awards to be awarded at Congress

In addition to the existing awards, there is now an opportunity to win FOUR NEW awards!

PSANZ-PRS Mont Liggins Early Career Award

This prestigious award established in 2014 in partnership with the Perinatal Research Society (

PRS holds an annual weekend meeting in North America in September at which lectures are presented by internationally renowned experts followed by discussion. There are a limited number of invited lectures by early research career investigators – these are prestigious invitations which facilitate networking and discussion with senior investigators.

The winner of the PSANZ-PRS Mont Liggins Early Career Award will be one of these invited early research career speakers, supported by grants from PRS and PSANZ.

PRS will cover registration, which includes accommodation and all meals, and an honorarium towards travel (currently set at US $600). PSANZ will provide AUS $2,000 towards travel costs.
For further details including eligibility and criteria please click here.

The Ritchie Centre Award

This award will be presented to the researcher whose fundamental discovery offers the potential to lead to changes in perinatal clinical practice, or for work that progresses such a discovery closer to clinical application.

The PSANZ Ritchie Centre Award may be awarded to a researcher at any stage of their career.

The recipient of the PSANZ Ritchie Centre Award will receive $1000 towards the cost of attending a subsequent PSANZ Annual Congress.

Nominations for consideration for the award will not be requested.

A short list of nominees will be generated by the Conference Local Organising Committee, based on review of submitted abstracts.

Presentations of short-listed abstracts (posters and/or oral presentations according to programming) will be judged by members of the Congress Awards Judging Panel.

The PSANZ Ritchie Centre Award will be presented along with other awards from the Society at the Closing Session of the Annual Congress.

The mechanism for administration of the award will be the same as that for the PSANZ New Investigator Awards.

The Two PSANZ President's New Investigator Awards

These awards are decided from the New Investigator nominees.
The PSANZ President’s New Investigator Awards will be awarded to:

  1. Best Oral presentation irrespective of discipline
  2. Best Poster presentation irrespective of discipline

Awards will be presented at each Annual Congress.
Winners of awards by discipline will receive $1,000 towards the cost of attending a subsequent PSANZ Congress.

Winners of the PSANZ President’s New Investigator Awards will receive $1,500 towards the cost of attending a subsequent PSANZ Congress, with the winner of the Oral presentation award also being invited to present as a symposium / plenary speaker (according to programme fit) at the next Congress.

For further details please click here.

Call for 2015 Nominations for the PSANZ Board

PSANZ is calling for the following nominations
3 Positions of Directors of the Board
Please click here for further details
Office Bearer Position of Secretary
Please click here for further details
All nominations close 30th January 2015


Transition of ANZSA as part of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
Transition of ANZSA as part of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
We are pleased to announce that the Australian and New Zealand Stillbirth Alliance (ANZSA) has recently moved to become part of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) Perinatal Mortality Group (PMG).  With this restructuring the PSANZ PMG will now become the  PSANZ Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Alliance (SANDA) and ANZSA will continue within this entity to promote and enhance collaborative research to address stillbirth in Australia and New Zealand.
The PSANZ-PMG and ANZSA resolved that working more closely within PSANZ as the peak body for perinatology in ANZ will enhance effective conduct of the shared initiatives and strengthen the achievements of both organisations to continue to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies.
We look forward to your continued support of ANZSA and PSANZ SANDA activities overall.
Jeremy Oats
Chair, PSANZ Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Alliance (SANDA) 


PSANZ Achievements in 2014

During 2014 the Board of Directors, with the assitance of many other PSANZ members have progressed in many areas for the continued positive growth of PSANZ.
These achievemnets include:
  • New constitution established
  • New framework for the Governance Document
  • Establishment of Policy Committee
  • Establishment of the Consumer Advisory Panel
  • Amalgamation of PMG and ANZSA to become PSANZ-SANDA
  • New IMPACT structure
  • ECR representative on the board
  • New awards established:
    • President’s awards
    • PSANZ-Ritchie Centre Award for Translational Research
    • PSANZ-PRS Mont Liggins Early Career Award

Satellite Meetings at PSANZ 2015 Congress

Below are satellite meetings being run by PSANZ Special Interest Groups and Committees. Check the PSANZ2015 website for updates in the new year.

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th April, 2015

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Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

Information: Download flyer here

Contact: Robert De Matteo  or Mary Tolcos

Saturday 18th  and Sunday 19th April, 2015


Name:  IMPACT Meeting - Interdisciplinary Maternal Perinatal Australasian Clinical Trials Network

Venue Crown Melbourne

Information: Download flyer here

ContactVicki Flenady and Philippa Middleton

Sunday 19th April, 2015

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Name: 2015 PSANZ Perinatal Palliative Care Symposium

Venue:Crown Convention Centre, Melbourne - 9am - 3pm.

Information:  See attached form

Registration Form: See attached form

Contact:  Dr. Vicki Xafis, Secretary PSANZ PPC SIG -

Thursday 23rd April, 2015


Venue:  Crown Melbourne

Information: -

Contact:  Ju-Lee Oei


Monday 20th April, 2015
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