Invited speakers

Professor Linda Johnston - PhD FEANS FAAN, Dean and Professor Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Linda is Visiting Professor at Soochow University, China and Honorary Professor at The University of Melbourne, University of Hong Kong, Queens University Belfast and Vanderbilt University. Between 2003 and 2008 Linda held the first Chair in Neonatal Nursing Research in Australia at the Royal Children’s Hospital and The University of Melbourne. Her research interests include understanding the long term physical, social and emotional outcomes for babies and families experiencing surgery in the neonatal period and the impact of global health initiatives in neonatal care. Her policy interests include the development of clinical academic career pathways and the advancement of research in the discipline of nursing.

Associate Professor Denise Harrison, Chair in Nursing Care of Children, Youth and their Families at the University of Ottawa and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

Her research program “BSweet2Babies”focuses on improving pain management for sick and healthy babies and young children. Her research includes using knowledge generation, synthesis and translation, and includes using and studying innovative ways to move pain treatment knowledge into action.

 
Assocoiate Professor Marsha Campbell-Yeo, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Dr. Campbell-Yeo is an assistant professor, certified neonatal nurse practitioner and clinician scientist with a cross appointment in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Perinatal-Neonatal Medicine at the IWK Health Centre and the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie. She holds grants examining maternal driven interventions to improve outcomes of medically at risk newborns specifically related to pain, stress and neurodevelopment.

Dr Jeanie Cheong, Neonatal Paediatrician with expertise in neonatal neurology, neuroimaging and long term follow up.

She is based at the Royal Women's Hospital and is the lead clinician in the Growth and Development clinic. She has several affiliations; as the medical/neurological Team Leader of the Victorian Infant Brain studies group within Murdoch Childrens, the associate convenor of the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study group, and Associate Professor with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne.


Angela Ratsch, RN, RM. Nursing Director, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.

Angela’s interests include the intrauterine environment, Indigenous health and health literacy.  Angela’s PhD research examined the use of chewing tobacco by central Australian Aboriginal women on pregnancy outcomes.

Dr Kathryn Browning Carmo BMED FRACP, NETS Senior Retrieval Consultant, Deputy State Director, Director of Clinical Training

Kath is the Deputy State Director of NETS NSW and a Senior Staff Specialist in Neonatology in the Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care.

Her passion is delivering equitable care to rural babies and children and her research is in the haemodynamic stability of the newborn in retrieval – can we improve survival and outcomes for those babies born critically unwell in rural locations? She is an advocate for better pain control for babies and hopes to see a future where heel lances for newborns are eradicated.

Kath is finalising her PhD looking at the feasibility and benefits of Neonatal Ultrasound in Transport. This studied examined the utility of adding ultrasound assessment to clinical care and management of haemodynamics prior to and post transport of the critically ill and/or injured newborn.

Dr Paul Craven is director of Newborn Services at John Hunter Children’s Hospital in Newcastle NSW.

Paul commenced his medical career in London where he commenced training as a paediatric neurologist. Following a trip to Australia, he took a one year break to work for the NSW Neonatal And Paediatric Emergency Transport Service, NETS, as part of the Sydney Neonatal rotation and following this he commenced neonatal training in Sydney. In 2004 he moved to Newcastle where he has followed his passion of medical education and medical leadership. He has been pivotal in the development of the Neonatal intravenous fluid guidelines, between the flags neonatal chart, the neonatal sepsis kills chart and the NSW outreach program teaching neonatal resuscitation.