Connecting the Caregivers

Dear all,

Few meetings connect professionals across the whole of perinatal practice...

This one brings together neonatal, obstetric, midwifery, maternal-fetal medicine, paediatric and gynaecology specialists, scientists, parents and others to learn from global leaders and each other about key advances or knowledge gaps.

Become a champion of perinatal care! Enjoy 3 days of education, cordial exchange and evidence-based debate.

Venue: Leighton Hall

John Niland Scientia Building,  UNSW 

20-22 September 2017

Location map 

Welcome Letter

Over the past two decades, these meetings have fostered insights and partnerships between colleagues across the spectrum of perinatal care which have made a difference to practice.

BOOST II and the global NeoPrOM collaboration arose in part because of presentations by Win Tin and Lisa Askie. The results have guided oxygen targeting in very preterm infants, and will save millions of lives in coming decades.  

Shoo Lee's presentation of the Canadian Family Integrated Care study in 2014 led Australian and New Zealand NICUs, co-ordinated by Kei Lui, to join the project. The results, presented last year, show that training parents as primary caregivers increases their babies' weight gain and full breastfeeding rates, while reducing the parents' stress and anxiety.

The Lactoferrin Infant Feeding Trial (LIFT) is close to completion, enrolling over 1500 babies, and its results will be available next year.

Twenty five sites worldwide joined the Australian Placental Transfusion Study, APTS, which was first launched at this meeting. The results, in 1,566 preterm babies, will be presented for the first time on Wednesday 20 September.  We look forward to welcoming you to hear about the largest-ever trial of its kind, and its implications for future practice.

Join us between 20 and 22 September for a festival of debate about how to integrate research and routine care to improve the quality of life for our patients, their parents, and our staff in future decades!

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We look forward to seeing you!


William Tarnow-Mordi

on behalf of the Advisory Committee        NHMRC