Contact the PSANZ Secretariat at:                                                                       May 2015
12 Upper Wights Mtn Rd, Samford QLD 4520
PO Box 488, Samford QLD 4520
0417 772 996

PSANZ 2015 Congress

The Congress was a tremendous success. As said by one delegate, "My congratulations for a very well organised, well balanced, and successful conference.
"I have attended many, and believe the Melbourne conference has been the best!"

Many awards were presented at PSANZ 2015

Congratulations to all the winners . . .
PSANZ New Investigator Awards
Thomas Carins - Obstetrics
Bethany Carr - Midwifery
Steven Cho - Neonatology
Ibi Ibiebele - Epidemiology/Public Health
Courtney McDonald - Basic Science
Joy Olsen - Allied Health/Other
Jacqueline Taylor - Neonatal Nursing
PSANZ President's New Investigator Awards
Best Poster Presentation: Rachel Heath Jeffrey
Best Oral Presentation: Elisha Josev
PSANZ Cerebral Palsy Research Awards
Paul Dawson
Robert Galinsky
PSANZ-PRS Mont Liggins Early  Career Award
Elisha Josev
PSANZ Nutrition Research Award
Genevieve Tremblay
PSANZ Ritchie Centre Award for Translational Research
James Aridas
PSANZ Early Career Reseach Awards
Stephen Cho
Rebecca Dyson
Luke Grzeskowiak
Nasrin Javid
Claire Kelly
Dominic LaRosa
Erin McGillick
Simeon Ngweso
Carmen Pace
Ina Rudloff
Amy Wooldridge
Lisa Yamada
Dandan Zhu


Honorary Membership presented at Congress

Kaye Spence
Honorary Membership
Kaye Spence AM, Grace Centre for Newborn Care, Children’s Hospital Westmead was awarded honorary (life) membership of the Society at the Annual General in Melbourne on April 19th. Kaye is a past president of PSANZ and a regular attendee at the society’s annual congresses where she enjoys catching up with old friends and networking to bring about further collaborations. Four nurses who have undertaken the Grace Centre for Newborn Care clinical neonatal nursing research fellowship initiated by Kaye have won PSANZ New Investigator Awards.
The photo above shows the PSANZ President Professor Frank Bloomfield (Auckland) acknowledging Kaye’s achievements and awarding her honorary membership.


Final Antenatal Corticosteroids guideline released at Congress

Evidence-based recommendations to guide decision-making in clinical practice in New Zealand and Australia
To view the final version of "Antenatal Corticosteroids given to women prior to birth to improve fetal, infant, child and adult health: New Zealand and Australian clinical practice guidelines 2015, please click here.

New addition . . . Baby Rose

Annie McDougall and her new baby, Rose Lan Alison Nguyen. Annie is co-chair of the ERC sub-committee.
Rose was born on 21st February, weighing 3.36 kg.

Near-infrared spectroscopy survey

Request from a PSANZ member
Carol Hunter is a medical student undertaking research at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney, Australia. As part of her research, she would like to compare the global usage of near-infrared spectroscopy within neonatal intensive care units. This will hopefully identify gaps in uptake and factors affecting these gaps, thereby allowing for further research into potential solutions. 
Carol has designed a validated questionnaire, which should take approximately 15 minutes, with all responses remaining confidential an would appreciate your taking the time to complete it.
The questionnaire may be found here:

New Online Neonatal Medicine Course

Cardiff University
Cardiff University is offering new online course from September 2015.
MSc in Neonatal Medicine
(Part time) (Distance/E-learning)
2 Years (Postgraduate Diploma)
3 Years (MSc)
Exit points are available at Postgraduate Certificate requiring 60 credits and Postgraduate Diploma requiring 120 credits
For more information:
Tel: +44 (0)29 2074 4461

Situation Vacant

Position at the University of Cambridge
Research associate position available in fetal and placental physiology at the University of Cambridge.  For details, see

Upcoming Events

IMPACT Workshop

10th and 11th June 2015
For full details of the IMPACT Workshop, including the complete program click here.
To register please click here.

Perinatal Ethics Symposium

Ethical issues from pre-implatation to post-birth - 2nd July 2015
The Bioethics Centre proudly presents this one-day symposium on ethical issues in the perinatal period. The symposium will offer the opportunity for discussion at each session and is of interest to a broad group including Clinicians, Midwives, Nurses, Ethicists, Scientists, Legal expert, Academics and Students.

International speakers include Associate Professor Dominic Wilkinson (University of Oxford) and Josephine Johnston (Hastings Centre, USA).

For further information, click here.
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.
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