Executive Committee

The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand is delighted to announce the new Executive Committee of the Long-Term Outcomes of High-Risk Babies Subcommittee for the 2019–2021 term. This committee represents the geographical reach of Society’s membership, breadth of clinical and research expertise and leadership experience across multiple specialist disciplines involved in the follow-up of high-risk infants.

Long-Term Outcomes of High-Risk Babies Subcommittee

  • Chair

    Associate Professor Samudragupta (Sam) Bora

    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

    Email: samudragupta.bora@mater.uq.edu.au

    Sam is the Group Leader of Neurodevelopmental Follow-Up and Outcomes at Mater Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland. He is also serving on several executive committees of the Academic Pediatric Association and the Society for Pediatric Research.

  • Secretary

    Dr Leona Pascoe

    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    Email: leona.pascoe1@monash.edu

    Leona is a Research Fellow at the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, Monash University and a Research Associate with the Victorian Infant Brain Studies (VIBeS) at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. She is also an executive member of the Australian Paediatric Neuropsychology Research Network.

  • General Member

    Associate Professor Nicola Austin

    Christchurch, South Island

    Email: nicola.austin@cdhb.health.nz

    Nicola is a Senior Staff Specialist Neonatologist at the Christchurch Women’s Hospital. She has been involved in longitudinal studies of very preterm and neonatal abstinence to adolescence. She is the President-Elect of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand and a member of the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network Follow-up Subcommittee.

  • General Member

    Dr Nathalie de Vries

    Palmerston North, North Island

    Email: nathalie.deVries@midcentraldhb.govt.nz

    Nathalie is a Staff Paediatrician at Palmerston North Hospital, which has a Level 2A Neonatal Unit. She is currently serving on the executive committee of ON TRACK, perinatal clinical trial network and is a member of the Newborn Clinical Network. She is also the inventor and chair of the national governance group of "Babble" an app for parents of babies in the neonatal unit.

  • General Member

    Associate Professor Karen Walker

    Sydney, New South Wales

    Email: karen.walker@health.nsw.gov.au

    Karen is the Research Manager at the Grace Centre for Newborn Care, Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Program Manager for Global Women’s Health – Australia at the George Institute for Global Research. She is also the President of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses and Vice President of the Council of International Neonatal Nurses.

  • General Member

    Dr Amanda Dyson

    Australian Capital Territory

    Email: amanda.dyson@act.gov.au

    Dr Amanda Dyson is a Neonatologist at The Centenary Hospital for Women and Children. She is the clinical lead of the Canberra Hospital Newborn Growth and Development Clinic and General Movements programs. She has coordinated the expansion of the Australian Capital Territory General Movements program to include high-risk babies in surrounding regional New South Wales.

  • General Member

    Dr Gayatri Jape

    Perth, Western Australia

    Email: gayatri.jape@health.wa.gov.au

    Gayatri is a Staff Specialist Neonatologist at the King Edward Memorial Hospital. She is involved in the follow-up of high-risk preterm infants until five years of age as part of their neonatal follow-up program. She is also currently pursuing a PhD focusing on probiotics, nutrition and long-term neurodevelopment in preterm infants.

  • General Member

    Dr Mantho Kgosiemang

    Darwin, Northern Territory

    Email: mkgosiemang@hotmail.com

    Mantho is a Staff Specialist Neonatologist, General Pediatrician and Lactation consultant at Royal Darwin Hospital. Her areas of interest include child development, early life trauma and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She is working within a team to set up a high-risk developmental clinic at Royal Darwin Hospital.