Professor Carole Kenner (USA)

Carol Kuser Loser Dean, School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey, USA. She has authored more than 100 journal articles and 20 textbooks. Her career is dedicated to nursing education and to the health of neonates and their families, as well as educational and professional development of healthcare practices in neonatology. Her dedication includes providing a healthcare standard for educating neonatal nurses nationally and internationally. Carole was the founding President of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN), the first international organization representing neonatal nursing. She is the 2011 recipient of the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children internationally. Her book “Developmental Care of Newborns & Infants” 2nd edition co-edited with Dr. Jacqueline McGrath just won the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award.

Dr Carmel Collins (SA)

Carmel heads the Neonatal Nutrition Research Unit of the Child Nutrition Research Centre, Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children, SAHMRI and is the Neonatal Nutrition Research Theme leader, Department of Neonatal Medicine, Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Carmel’s extensive background in midwifery and neonatal intensive care specialist nursing, coupled with her clinical trial expertise enables her to provide a unique role in the interface between research and clinical practice. Her research program aims to develop new nutritional clinical practices that will optimise the growth, health, and development of preterm infants, and so help them reach their full potential.

Professor Jane Scott (WA)

Jane Scott is Professor of Public Health Nutrition Research at Curtin University. Her research interests are in the area of public health nutrition and early feeding practices. She is recognised internationally for her research into the determinants of infant feeding practices and was an expert technical writer on the 2012 NHMRC Infant Feeding. She is Chief Investigator on the Parent Infant Feeding Initiative (PIFI) which targeted fathers as breastfeeding supporters and trialled Milk Man, the first breastfeeding app developed specifically for fathers. She has served as a technical expert on projects for both the UN and WHO.

Jane will present 'Innovative strategies to engage new and expecting fathers in early parenting' and 'Australian Infant Feeding Guidelines: compliance and conflict'


Ms Janine Mohamed (ACT)

Janine Mohamed, a Kaurna/Narrunga woman from South Australia, has deep expertise and experience in how to work towards the improvement of  healthcare and health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As a nurse and CEO of CATSINaM, Janine is an advocate for the unique and powerful roles that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nurses and midwives have in the health system and their communities, as agents of change. Her leadership and work is informed by principles of health equity and justice, and she has a passionate commitment to working towards health systems that are culturally safe for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, health professionals and employees.

Jane will present Strong Leadership for health equity

Dr Jennifer Dawson (VIC)

Deputy Director Newborn Research, Nurse Researcher, The Royal Women's Hospital.

Jennifer is a post doc nurse researcher with the Newborn Research Centre at The Royal Women's Hospital Melbourne. She is currently Clinical Trial Coordinator for the multicenter, multi-national PLUSS trial. PLUSS is a randomised controlled trial of surfactant plus budesonide to improve survival free of bronchopulmonary dysplasia in extremely preterm infants. Her research focus has been on clinical trials in the delivery room and neonatal intensive care.
Jennifer will present Could early intra-tracheal administration of budesonide with surfactant reduce BPD?

Dr Brett Manley (VIC)

Brett is a consultant neonatologist at The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Melbourne. For his PhD, Brett studied the use of nasal high-flow as post-extubation respiratory support for very preterm infants. Supported by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, he has gone on to lead or supervise randomised trials of nasal high-flow as early (primary) support for newborn infants in both tertiary NICUs and Australian non-tertiary hospitals.

Brett will present "Nasal high-flow for early respiratory support of newborn infants in Australian non-tertiary special care nurseries: The HUNTER Trial"

Diane Webb

Diane is the health literacy officer with Public Health in Tasmania. I have a clinical (nursing), service and project management back ground and work in private practice as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator. I am responsible for the health literacy action plan for the state and work with people, services, organisations and communities to make it easier for people to find, understand and use information and services but also create supportive environments to improve the health literacy of all Tasmanians.

Dr Shandell Elmer

Dr Elmer has a diverse work history in the academic, health care and community sectors. Shandell draws upon her work in a variety of settings including community nursing, health promotion, and general practice to inform the design of her research and curriculum.

Dr Elmer has also worked within the health and community sector on a variety of projects with a focus on quality improvement and health service design. Shandell has a keen interest in fostering the development of community-based health services in accordance with primary health care principles. A strong advocate for primary health care, Shandell's work focuses on health literacy to improve the way that health service providers identify and respond to health literacy needs.

Dr Naomi Spotswood

Naomi is a Neonatologist at the Royal Hobart Hospital. Her interests include global health research and medical education. She has recently commenced a PhD evaluating current diagnostic practices for neonatal sepsis, and exploring how these can be improved.

Dr Yishay Orr

I am currently working as a Visiting Medical Officer at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Westmead Hospital, The Sydney Adventist Hospital and Westmead Private Hospital. My main clinical focus is the surgical treatment of adult and paediatric congenital heart disease, particularly neonates and complex congenital heart disease. I am actively involved with humanitarian work, traveling with a non-profit organisation Open Heart International to various underprivileged countries to train local teams to perform cardiac surgery in addition to performing some more complex cases ourselves.  

Glenda Fleming

Glenda has more than 20 years’ experience working with children with congenital heart disease. She has provided an education and training role in the specialities of paediatric and neonatal ECMO as well as all aspect of neonatal and paediatric cardiac intensive care.

Glenda’s current position is the Cardiothoracic Nurse Practitioner at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney. Her primary role is to provide continuity of care and case management for children with congenital heart disease undergoing cardiac surgery. This involves integrated management of children during the antenatal, neonatal and paediatric phases of their condition. Glenda has seen many changes in the management of this patient group with a strong growth in the nursing influence in the outcomes for such children.