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Tuesday 29 March - "Neonatal Organ Donation"
Presenters: Dr Rebecca Barzegar and Justine Parsons. 
Abstract: Solid organ transplantation provides life-saving treatment for infants and children with liver and cardiac failure and is the best treatment for end-stage renal disease. While infants form only a very small minority on the active transplant waiting list, they are at a significantly higher risk of mortality, with 31% of infants on the cardiac transplant waiting list dying before receiving a transplant. Furthermore, infants have the highest mortality of all patients on the liver transplant waiting list. The principal reason for this excess mortality is a lack of suitable infant donors. Given that over a third of all paediatric deaths occur in the neonatal period, expanding organ donation in the neonatal population would address this imbalance as well as improving the supply of organs for older children on the transplant waiting list. Speaker details will be posted soon.
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6 July 2021 “Standardised feeding protocols decrease complications in VLBW infants”;  ‘Gastric residual aspiration practices: need for an evidence-based clinical practice guideline’ ; "Donor Milk"
Presenters: Dr Eveline Staub; Dr Sheeja Perumbil and Justine Parsons. 

10 November 2020  Ethical Case Study Discussion
Speakers: Justine Parsons, Dr Janet Green, Dr Trisha Prentice, Dr Ahmad Mustafa.

Justine has been the Nurse Educator in NICU at John Hunter Children’s Hospital since 2004. She holds a Master of Neonatal Nursing from UWS, and Gard Cert in Adult Education from University of Newcastle. Justine has a keen interest in nursing led research, bio ethics, neonatal organ donation and ventilation modalities. She has participated in a range of quality improvement projects – End of Life Care for Indigenous Babies, Kangaroo Care in first 72 hours for ELBW babies, Sepsis Reduction.

Janet - 30 years as a neonatal nurse at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney; 20 years of co-ordinating the neonatal nursing course at UTS. She is a Nurse Adviser to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission. Has a Masters Degree in Bioethics. Completed her PhD on: "Balancing hope with reality: Caregiving dilemmas for neonatal nurses caring for extremely premature babies” 

Almost finished a Dr of Education degree - "The positives, perils and pitfalls of social media (Facebook) for nurses"

Dr. Trisha Prentice is a neonatologist and bioethicist at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne. She is particularly interested in end-of-life decision-making. Her PhD dissertation examined the Moral Distress of healthcare professionals caring for extremely preterm babies within the neonatal intensive care unit. Dr Prentice additionally serves on the Clinical Ethics Committee at the RCH and is involved in developing state-wide guidelines for management of preterm babies born at the edge of viability.

Dr Ahmed Moustafa is a Neonatology Staff Specialist at Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and a Retrieval Staff Specialist in NETS NSW. Ahmed undertook his undergraduate training in Egypt before moving to Australia in 2007. He trained in paediatrics in NSW and completed his fellowship training in general paediatrics and in neonatal/perinatal medicine. He is a clinical lecturer for The University of Sydney and has interest in neonatal cardiovascular disease and outcomes, clinical ethics, and in teaching through simulation.


1900 - 1905 Welcome
Anne Walsh (Chair)
1905- 1915 Case Study
Justine Parsons
1915 - 1930 Caregiving and ethical dilemmas: When the best interests of parents and baby collide
Dr Janet Green
1930 -1945   Addressing moral distress in the midst of uncertainty Dr Trish Prentice
1945 - 2000   Road map to a palliative care journey Dr Ahmad Mustafa
2000 - 2030   Discussion, Questions and Answers Anne Walsh

Updated 12 December 2021