Board of Directors

PSANZ became Company limited by guarantee on 29 January 2007. PSANZ is governed by a Board of Directors (Board) which is comprised of members elected to the Board.  

Letter from incoming President - 5th July 2021

Dear PSANZ members

I am very honoured to take on the role of President of PSANZ as of last week.

I would like to thank Tim Moss our previous President for his hard work and excellent service. Tim has decided that demands from work and family commitments means that he has decided to step away from the role. This was a difficult decision and I thank Tim for his honesty in making this call – I think it is always important to acknowledge that we cannot do everything all of the time. A huge thanks to Tim, especially for steering PSANZ through the COVID-19 era of 2020 and through a very successful online Congress in early 2021.

The PSANZ Board met last week and we decided that I should take on the role of President early (I was due to commence in March 2022). I thank the Board for this confidence and I will work very hard for the Society over these next years.

I am also grateful to Lynn Sinclair who has agreed to stay on the Board as the Immediate Past President for an additional 2 years. Lynn has played a hugely significant role on the Board for a long time and I am so pleased that we can continue to make her corporate memory and wise counsel on the Board.

We are currently developing a PSANZ Newsletter that we will be sending out at the end of July which will fill you in on the activities of PSANZ, especially the sub-committees and plans for the 2022 Congress.

I look forward to working with you all to improve the health and long term outcomes for mothers and their babies

 

Best wishes

 

Caroline
PSANZ President

 

Current Board Members

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    President

    Professor Caroline Homer

    Caroline Homer (RM MScMed Clin Epi PhD FAAHMS) is a midwife, health services researcher, educator and international development advisor. She is the Co-Program Director of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the Burnet Institute, Visiting Distinguished Professor of Midwifery at the University of Technology Sydney and an NHMRC Principal Research Fellow. She is the immediate Past President of the Australian College of Midwives. She has more than 30 years of experience as a midwife in practice, research, education and international development. She has more than 250 publications (more than 100 in the past 5 years) and holds current NHMRC Ideas and Partnership grants in the area of maternal health and stillbirth. She has recently been appointed by the WHO’s Director General as the Inaugural Chair, WHO's Strategic and Technical Advisory Group of Experts (STAGE) for Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent Health, and Nutrition (2020-2022). She is a member of the Victorian Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity (CCOPMM) and leads the newly established Victorian COVID-19 Perinatal Research Network.

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    Past President

    A/Prof Lynn Sinclair

    A/Prof Lynn Sinclair is the Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning University of Technology Sydney. She is an active member of several of the PSANZ’s subcommittees including chair of the policy subcommittee and member of the IMPACT Network. Lynn’s PhD highlighted the effects of workplace culture and interpersonal relationships on knowledge generation and translation. Her current research interests include ascertaining how knowledge of neonatal health outcomes informs nursing practice and improving the parent experience including identifying more effective ways of presenting extremely preterm infant outcomes data.

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    Treasurer

    Professor Jonathan Hirst

    Professor Jonathan Hirst's primary research interest is centred on the development of fetus during late gestation and the prevention of adverse pregnancy outcomes.  This work involves examining the effects of stressors that compromise late pregnancy and adversely affect the growing fetus. In addition, his studies examine the adverse effects of premature birth which deprives the fetus of the nurturing in utero environment. The consequent loss of development promoting hormones reduces growth of the baby’s brain leading to long-term damage and behavioural deficits that stretches into childhood and beyond.

  • Glenn Gardener

    Secretary

    Dr Glenn Gardener

    Dr Glenn Gardener is a Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist and Director of the Mater Centre for Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals. He graduated from the University of Queensland with a medical degree in 1991. Following speciality training in obstetrics and gynaecology, Dr Gardener went on to sub-specialise in maternal fetal medicine, working at King George V Hospital in Sydney and University College Hospital in London. Dr Gardener returned to Mater in 2003 as a consultant in Maternal Fetal Medicine, becoming Director of the Mater Centre for Maternal Fetal Medicine in 2009. Dr Gardener has a long held interest in fetal therapy including in-utero surgery and is currently the only specialist in Australia and New Zealand performing fetal surgery for diaphragmatic hernia and spina bifida. He regularly performs surgery for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, in-utero blood transfusions and other complex in-utero procedures. With a particular interest in the prevention of stillbirth, Dr Gardener is involved in research and is a current board member for the International Stillbirth Alliance and leads a Fetal Therapy Special Interest Group through the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ). Dr Gardener is actively involved in teaching obstetric ultrasound and passing on his skills to new doctors.

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    Director

    Ngaire Anderson

    Dr Ngaire Anderson is a Senior Lecturer, clinical academic, at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests include obesity in pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, fetal growth, fetal growth restriction, and stillbirth as well as the how ethnicity influences pregnancy outcomes. Ngaire completed her PhD in 2013 investigating the impact of ethnicity and obesity on adverse pregnancy outcomes. She works clinically as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at North Shore and Waitakere hospitals, Waitemata District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand.

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    Director

    Jane Alsweiler

    Dr Jane Alsweiler is a senior lecturer at The University of Auckland. She completed her PhD at the Liggins Institute undertaking clinical and experimental research into the management and long-term consequences of high blood glucose concentrations in preterm babies. The study aimed to provide an evidence-based approach to a problem that commonly affects babies born very preterm.

  • Billie Bradford

    Director

    Billie Bradford

    Billie Bradford is a midwife and a lecturer at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Practice at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington.

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    Director

    Tanya Nippita

    A/Prof Nippita is a Staff Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia. In addition to her substantial clinical responsibilities, Tanya’s passion lies in education and clinical research. She is a RANZCOG ITP Supervisor, a RANZCOG OSCE Co-Ordinator and sits on the 10th RANZCOG College Council as one of the NSW Councillors. Her current research with Womens and Babies Research, Kolling Institute, University of Sydney, aims to make a major contribution to the judicious use of obstetric interventions & the practice of evidence-based maternity care.A/Prof Nippita is a Staff Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia. In addition to her substantial clinical responsibilities, Tanya’s passion lies in education and clinical research. She is a RANZCOG ITP Supervisor, a RANZCOG OSCE Co-Ordinator and sits on the 10th RANZCOG College Council as one of the NSW Councillors. Her current research with Womens and Babies Research, Kolling Institute, University of Sydney, aims to make a major contribution to the judicious use of obstetric interventions & the practice of evidence-based maternity care.

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    Director

    Karli Treyvaud

     Dr Karli Treyvaud is a clinical psychologist and academic with expertise in parent and child mental health and parenting. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Counselling at La Trobe University in Melbourne, a member of the Centre of Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine, and an honorary research fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Royal Woman’s Hospital.

    Dr Treyvaud’s research is focused on understanding and supporting mental health, developmental, and parent-child relationship outcomes for children and parents after premature birth or NICU admission. She also has strong interests in clinical service and early intervention evaluation, and student supervision and training.

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    Calum Roberts

     

    Calum Roberts is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University, and is a Consultant Neonatologist at Monash Children’s Hospital. He is the current recipient of an NHMRC Early Leadership Grant, and the lead for lung and resuscitation research at Monash Newborn.

    Calum completed his MBChB at the University of Edinburgh, and his clinical neonatal training in Scotland, the north of England, and Melbourne. He was awarded his PhD by the University of Melbourne for research into the use of nasal High Flow treatment in preterm infants, under the supervision of Prof. Peter Davis’ team at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Calum moved to Monash University in 2017, and was the recipient of the Kathleen Tinsley Research Fellowship from 2017-2019.