Neurodevelopmental Care SIG

The focus of the Neurodevelopmental Care (NDC) SIG is to support the provision of infant and family centred developmental care (IFCDC) across neonatal settings in Australia. The goal is to promote consistency in the provision of neuroprotective developmental care strategies, and support best neurodevelopmental outcomes for vulnerable premature and sick infants. The SIG aims to raise awareness in the neonatal setting of neuroprotective developmental care as a conscious individualised practice that is considered the best standard of care.

Current Operating Committee 

  • Chair: Erin Church (Vic)
  • Secretary: Nicola Timmers (QLD)
  • Treasurer liaison: Samantha Westcott (TAS)
  • Ordinary Members: Sara Jones (SA), Sophia Dong (SA), Jacquie Glazbrook (SA), Megan Bater (SA), Laura Hahn (VIC), Nancy Jane Kelly (VIC), Cathy Krause (QLD), Simone Scully (QLD), Amberlee Peti (VIC), Christine Bonnily (SA), Amanda Bates (Qld), Ritsue Phillips (SA), Tess Brown (VIC), Annie Chang (WA), Kirsty Minter (NSW), Sandra Meskell (NSW).


  • To better understand the concept of neurodevelopmental care within Australia and promote neurodevelopmental practices at a national neonatal nursing forum.


  • Committee meetings are held via Zoom on the 4th Monday of each month, commencing around 7.30 pm. Any member welcome to join in these meetings as an observer. Email if you would like more details. 
  • General meetings open to all SIG members are held 3-4 times a year in combination with a presentation. Members will be notified via email of the date and time. 

Updated 10 August 2023