Neo-Skin Sig


The skin is the largest organ of the human body and protecting skin is an essential element in providing care to well, preterm and sick newborns. The Neo-Skin Special Interest Group will provide a forum for discussion of practices that promote neonatal skin health and prevention and management of skin injury for neonates and their families. Similarly, the SIG will provide opportunity for neonatal nurses to explore and share quality improvement or research initiatives related to skin care and health.

Operating Committee

Operating committee members hold the positions for a period of 12 months and have the opportunity to re-nominate each 12 months. The operating committee positions become vacant at the SIG general meeting held in conjunction with the ACNN Annual National Conference. SIG members can nominate before the meeting or from the floor at the meeting. Nominations will be put forward and accepted at this meeting.

Operating committee positions are Chair, Secretary, Treasurer Liaison and Ordinary Members. The operating committee must consist of a minimum of 5 members.

current committee members  

  • Chair: Deanne August (Qld) 
  • Secretary: Lyn Chapple (Qld)
  • Treasurer liaison: Judy Macey (Qld)
  • Social media liaison: Emma Yeomans (Vic)
  • Ordinary Members: Linda Ng (Qld), Jeanine French (Vic), Rebecca MacPherson (NSW), Stephanie Hall (Qld), Janene Douglas (Qld)

Deanne August - Chair
Deanne is a PhD Candidate, Adjunct Fellow, Nurse Researcher and Registered Nurse with over 15 years experience in neonatal care. Currently, she works as a research co-ordinator for the Alliance for Vascular Access Teaching and Research (AVATAR) through Griffith University and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Her clinical background includes Neonatal Care, Paediatric Critical Care, Hospital Acquired Complications and Wound Care. Deanne’s post-graduate research has focused on skin injuries from mechanical forces including pressure, friction, shearing, or stripping as well as their associated risks. She is passionate that research must identify evidence while also considering the implications for clinical workloads, consumer experiences and the capability for outcomes to be translated into practice.

Lyn Chapple - Secretary
Lyn is a Clinical Nurse who has worked in Neonatal Intensive Care at the RBWH for over 25 years. She is also a member of the NeoRESQ, the neonatal retrieval service for Southern Queensland. Lyn’s passions include provision of excellence in clinical care, promoting leadership in nurses at all levels of their career as well as nurturing the next generation of Neonatal Nurses. Lyn also has a special interest in neonatal skin and skin care.

Judith Macey - Treasurer liaison
Judy is a Registered Nurse, midwife, lactation consultant, and neonatal nurse and has been currently working as a clinical research midwife at Mater research since 2012. Judith has over 35 years' experience gained by working in various health settings including clinical areas, education, and research. Judy has a passion for the health of the neonate and their families and recently obtained a Masters in Advanced Practice Nursing.

Emma Yeomans - Social Media Liaison,  Ordinary Member
Emma started her nursing career at the Royal Children’s Hospital working across different specialties.  She also had experience in a Mother baby Unit.  In 2008 she studied the Neonatal Intensive Care Course at LaTrobe University whilst working at Monash Newborn and has since completed her Masters looking at Neonatal Skincare guidelines. Emma is currently the Clinical Trials Coordinator at Monash Newborn.

Linda Ng - Ordinary Committee Member
Linda has clinical experience and qualifications in Adult Intensive Care and Neonatal Intensive Care.  Linda’s research focuses on postgraduate education of Registered Nurses and its impact on nursing care as well as on retention of nurses in the industry. She has an interest in simulation and neonatal skin. Linda is amember of The Honour Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International-Phi Delta Chapter at Large and a collaborator in the Education, Simulation and Scholarship.

Proposed activities for 2022:

  • Review ACNN strategic plan and develop activities that support the objectives of the college
  • Explore prioritising topics to focus the activities of the SIG
  • Review resources produced by other organisations, and if appropriate facilitate resource availability to ACNN members via the ACNN website and social media avenues
  • Promote scholarship related to newborn skin health and injury prevention

Reproduction of resources

The SIG will have a focus of producing resources based on best available evidence for newborn skin health including prevention and management of skin injuries and complications.


Updated 15 December 2021