Research SIG

Infant Mental Health Presentation

9 Dec

Time: 7.30 pm (Sydney time)
Topic: Infant Mental Health in the NICU: Evidence Challenges & Strategies
Presenter: Dr Kim Psaila, RN, Midwife, PhD, NIDCAP professional, infant mental health professional. 
Overview: Parents with infants hospitalised in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) have increased rates of anxiety and depression, which in turn are associated with increased developmental risk in infants. Health professionals, in particular nurses, can play an important role in promoting positive developmental interventions in the NICU setting.  The objective of this presentation is to explore the potential challenges to infant mental health in the NICU setting, and to gain familiarity with interventions that can be implemented into routine practice to facilitate the parent – infant relationship, attachment, and emotional regulation in infancy.
Cost: Free for members; $20 for non-members
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NNP SIG - PPHN: Blue Babies presentation

25 Nov

Date: Thursday 25th November
Time: 7pm start (Sydney time)
Topic: PPHN - Blue babies
Presenter: Dr Anu Kochar, Senior Consultant Neonatologist, Womens and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. 
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Research SIG virtual presentation

18 Nov

Thursday 18 November
Commencing 7 pm AEDT
“Neonatal Nurses’ Professional Quality of Life: An Integrative Review. Presented by Patricia Lowe
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Role Modelling

2 Nov

Date: Tuesday 2nd November 
Time: 7-8:30pm (AEDT) which means 6-7:30pm (QLD).
"Role modelling" 
Presenter: Julie Sorrell, MSc in Health and Social Care Leadership & Nurse Researcher at Qld Health
Overview: Leadership is Julie’s passion and she was able to use her knowledge and experience when she developed a Clinical Nurse Leadership development program for the North West Hospital Health Service nurses. A program that has been adopted by two further HHS’s across Queensland. The BOOST! Leadership Development Program has been presented at the ‘Are you remotely Interested’ conference, JCU centre for Rural and Remote Health, the 2019 ICN congress in Singapore and the 2019 AQNML conference in Brisbane and is supported by the QH OCNMO.

Julie will discuss effective leadership. It cannot be overstated that leaders who enhance their own skills and abilities set an example that has a significant impact on the rest of the workforce.
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Implications & strategies for treating newborn brain damage

23 Sep

Seminar Overview

Of the 300,000+ babies born in Australia each year, most experience a healthy delivery. However, for some complications can arise that can have profound implications for healthy brain development. Birth asphyxia – when the brain is starved of oxygen and blood around the time of birth – is the second leading cause of infant death and the leading cause of neonatal seizures in newborn babies around the world. Despite poor brain outcomes and life-long neurological disability in survivors, relatively few therapies or diagnostic tools have reached the neonatal ICU. The implementation of hypothermia treatment for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) has resulted in record levels of survival, however 1 in 4 babies are still at significant risk of cerebral palsy, epilepsy and motor and intellectual impairment. It is clear that additional strategies are needed for the management of (HIE) to improve outcomes for this patient population.
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Infant Feeding SIG Q & A

26 Aug

The Infant Feeding SIG committee is planning to hold a Peer Practice Q&A online session on Thursday 26 August, for one hour starting 7.30pm NSW time.
The purpose is to allow members to put questions to an expert panel on matters relating to infant feeding.
We are calling for questions to be submitted in advance, by Friday 20 August
, to facilitate the preparation of responses for best use of time.

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KTF - Health programs

8 Aug

Date: Monday 9 August
Time: 6.30 pm start
Presenter: Kate Donnellan, Health Programs Manager, Kokoda Track Foundation
Cost: free for members; $20 for non-members
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Effective Communication Virtual Presentation

4 Aug

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Edi monitoring & NAVA - NNP SIG event

27 Jul

Date: Tuesday 27 July 2021
Time: 7 pm sharp
Presenter: Sharon Crocetti, Clinical Application Team Manager, Acute Care Therapies, Getinge Australia.
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Experiencing Research presentation

22 Jul

Monthly “Experiencing Research” presentations via ZOOM - The aim of this initiative is to  facilitate increased awareness of current research, and provide an avenue for neonatal nurses to contribute to neonatal research and clinical practice change.
Next presentation: Thursday 22nd July @ 7pm AEST
“This is how we roll: a retrospective audit of positioning practices of extremely premature infants in the first 72 hours of life. - Hannah Skelton
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Conflict Competence Virtual Presentation

7 Jul

Title: Conflict Competence 
Date: Wednesday 7th July 2021
Time: 7- 8 pm AEST
Presenter: Julie Sorrell, Nurse Researcher at Queensland Health.
Nursing research is the key to unlocking innovative and creative solutions in nursing and associated health professions. Julie’s key achievements include: 
• Establishment of a robust process that ensures that clinical staff use evidence research and identify their research needs.
• Introduced feasibility process and support through systems for evidence-based review/quality improvement/research projects.

Key achievements in Leadership
Development and introduction of the BOOST Leadership development program for emerging nurse leaders.
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Nutrition virtual seminar

6 Jul

Date: 6 July 2021
Time: Commencing 7.00 pm AEST
Presenters: Dr Eveline Staub; Dr Sheeja Perumbil and Justine Parsons. 
Topics include: “Standardised feeding protocols decrease complications in VLBW infants”;  ‘Gastric residual aspiration practices: need for an evidence-based clinical practice guideline’ ; "Donor Milk"
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Neuro-critical nursing and supporting the developing brain

30 Jun

Topic: Neuro-critical nursing and supporting the developing brain
Date: 30 June 2021
Time 7.30 - 8.30 pm AEST (Sydney time)
Presenter: Dr Gayatri Jape, Consultant Neonatologist, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth. 
Please register to receive Zoom login details
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Timing of breast expression initiation

20 May

“Timing of breast expression initiation in mothers of preterm infants: A pilot randomised controlled trial”

Thursday, 20th May 2021, commencing at 7:00 pm AEST REGISTER HERE to receive zoom login details
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Management of Neonatal Hypoglycaemia virtual presentation

20 Apr

Presentation overview: Low glucose levels in babies (neonatal hypoglycaemia) are common, and can cause brain injury, but the severity and duration of hypoglycaemia that causes injury is unknown.  Despite this, screening babies at risk and treating those with hypoglycaemia is generally recommended. We will review the pathophysiology of neonatal hypoglycaemia, and the evidence, or lack thereof, for best practice in diagnosis, prevention and treatment. 
Date: Tuesday 20 April 2021
Time: TBC
Cost: Free for members; $20 for non-members

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"Possum Playgroup"

12 Apr

Presenter: Jill Martin, Newborn Family Support Team, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney.

A significant part of my role within that team is in supporting vulnerable families, particularly those with substance use in pregnancy. In 2016 we started the Possum Playgroup to address the loss to follow-up of a significant proportion of these families. It is a “one stop shop’ for families involved in the drugs in pregnancy program, that provides access to a wide range of services and supports on a small budget. The group has been suspended during COVID, but we are working on safe ways to re-open – hopefully soon.

Date: Monday 12 April 2021
Time: 6.30 pm start
Topic: Possum Playgroup
Cost: Free for members; $20 for non-members
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NDC SIG virtual presentation

8 Apr

When: Thursday 8th April 2021
Time: 7.30 – 8.30 pm
Topic: “Oral feeding our premature babies – not as easy as it seems”
Guest Speaker: 
Ms Krystal Furey Speech pathologist NICU, Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney
Zoom meeting
Cost: Free for ACNN members; $20 for non-members
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Infant Feeding SIG virtual presentation

30 Mar

Date: Tuesday 30 March 2021
Time: 8 - 9 pm (Sydney time)
Cost: Free for members; $20 for non-members. 
Registration: is required to receive the Zoom logon details (emailed prior to the event).
Presenter: Bronwyn Bernerius RN RM IBCLC CNS Lactation, RPA Newborn Care, RPAH, Sydney

Outline: Mothers of premature or unwell infants face myriad challenges in establishing a full supply of breastmilk. Maintaining their supply of breastmilk stretches that challenge. It can be a long road from birthing a preterm baby to exclusive demand breastfeeding their infant. What advice can we offer to best support the dyad? What is the science to support expressing routines/styles?

This presentation starts with the normal physiology of lactation then explores evidence-based strategies to potentiate success towards exclusive demand breastfeeding in a vulnerable population.
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Research SIG virtual event

25 Mar

Date: Thursday 25 March 2021
Time: 7pm (Sydney time)
Topic: Retrospective data analysis: A snapshot of time in the past
Presenter: Emre Ilhan, PhD candidate. Emre Ilhan is a physiotherapist and lecturer in the Department of Health Professions at Macquarie University. His PhD is looking at defining chronic pain in infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit using a consensus, prognostic, and statistical approach. Emre has completed his PhD in collaboration with Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care, a level 6 surgical NICU in the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
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NNP Workshop

20 Mar

Date: Sunday 21st March 2021
Time: 1200hrs – 1830hrs
Where: The Constance, 14-20 Constance Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Cost: $50 for members; $70 non-members
Registration: will open Tuesday 2nd March and closes 18 March.
All welcome but please be aware that sessions will be at the level for recognition of learning level required for NNP registration.
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