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Level 11, KGV Building
Missenden Road
Postal address:
Post Office Box M30
Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
Fax: (02) 9515-9610

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Neonatal Medicine

Our Research

  • Australian Placental Transfusion Study: Should very preterm babies receive a placental transfusion at birth? A randomised controlled trial.
  • Lactoferrin Infant Feeding Trial: a randomised controlled trial. Does lactoferrin improve survival free from morbidity in very low birth weight infants?
  • Newborn Body Composition and Arterial Wall Thickening: Improving Identification of Newborns at Risk of Atherosclerotic Vascular Disease
  • The relationship between cardiovascular stress reactivity and percentage body fat in term newborn babies.
  • SEA-URCHIN: South East Asia - Using Research for Change in Hospital-acquired Infection in Neonates: To determine if an evidence-based educational intervention focused on the prevention and management of neonatal infection can improve clinical practice and health outcomes for newborn babies in four SE Asia.
  • Australian Satellite of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group: The Australasian Satellite of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group (ASCNRG) supports activities of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group in Australasia.
  • Sensory and temperament outcomes of extremely premature infants in the preschool years: A collaborative project with the University of Newcastle looking at sensory integration and temperament in extremely preterm infants.
  • PRE-PLAN - A randomised trial to assess the impact of preconception weight loss for overweight or obese women.
  • BABY1000 - Before, During and Beyond the baby years - the influence of the first 1000 days. A multicentre project of the Charles Perkins Centre assessing the modifiable risks and interventions prior to and during pregnancy that impact on later life health.
  • My Baby's Movements - A multicentre stepped wedge randomised controlled trial assessing the effect of a smart phone application for maternal perception of decreased fetal movements
  • Investigating Causes of Stillbirth - A large scale prospective cohort study in 27 maternity hospitals in Australia that aims to improve the quality of data on stillbirths through identifying a cost-effective, evidence-based approach to stillbirth investigations.
  • OPTIMUM - developing a community informed resource to optimise maternal health behaviours in pregnancy and improve pregnancy outcome.
  • Gloves on - A pilot study of non-sterile glove use to reduce late onset infection in preterm neonates to inform a large scale cluster RCT.
  • Long term outcomes after severe neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia- a prospective national study of severe neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia, its causes and consequences.
  • Validating the defined normal ranges for neonatal percentage body fat and determining the appropriate upper and lower centiles that best predict risk in a general population.
  • A review of the use of clinician performed ultrasound in the evaluation of umbilical venous catheter position in the neonatal intensive care unit.


  • Dr Adrienne Gordon, NHMRC Early Career Fellow 2015 - 2018

Research Staff

  • Dr Adrienne Gordon, NHMRC Early Career Fellow
  • Diana Bond, Stillbirth Research Officer
  • Andrea Taylor, Research Officer

Higher Degree Students:


  • Tracey Lutz, University of Sydney
  • Angela McGillivray, University of Sydney
  • Rowena McMullan, University of Sydney


  • Hannah Dalrymple, UNSW

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. Gordon A, Raynes-Greenow C, Bond D, Morris J, Rawlinson W, Jeffery H. Sleep position, fetal growth restriction and late pregnancy stillbirth: The Sydney Stillbirth Study. Obstetrics & Gynecology 2015; 125(2): 347-355
  2. Bond D, Raynes-Greenow CH, Gordon A. Anxiety and Acceptability Related to Participation in Stillbirth Research. (in press) Midwifery 2015
  3. Davis R, Jensen SO, Van Hal S, Espedido B, Gordon A, Farhat R, Chan R. Whole genome sequencing in real-time investigation of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa outbreak on a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology - published online 8 June 2015
  4. Tang J, Reid S, Lutz T, Malcolm G, Oliver S, Osborn D. Randomised control trial of weaning for preterm infants on nasal continuous positive airway pressure. BMC Paediatrics. 2015; 15: 147
  5. Evans N., The Preterm Patent Ductus Arteriosus: A continuing conundrum for the neonatologist? Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine 2015 ;20,272-7
  6. Osborn DA. Independent predictors identified for developmental dysplasia of the hip. Journal Pediatrics. 2015;166:1320-3.
  7. Finer NN; Evans N Inhaled nitric oxide for the preterm infant: evidence versus practice. Pediatrics. 135(4):754-6, 2015 Apr.
  8. Evans N. Preterm Patent Ductus Arteriosus: Are we any closer to knowing when to treat? Pediatrics and Child Health 2015:25:256-260
  9. Greenhalgh, M., Chopra, M., Graf, N., Isaacs, D., & Evans, N., (2015) An Unusual Cause of Hyperbilirubinemia in a Preterm Baby. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2015 Dec 3;51:1126-7
  10. OBrien, C., Arbuckle, S., Thomas, S., Rode, J., Turner, R., Jeffery, H. (2015). Placental inflammation is associated with rural and remote residence in the Northern Territory, Australia: A cross-sectional study. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 15(32), 1-13.
  11. Bhola K, Foster JP, Osborn DA. Chest shielding to prevent patent ductus arteriosus in preterm infants receiving phototherapy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Nov 2015.
  12. Morgan, C., Crowle, C., Goyen, T.-A., Hardman, C., Jackman, M., Novak, I. and Badawi, N. (2016), Sensitivity and specificity of General Movements Assessment for diagnostic accuracy of detecting cerebral palsy early in an Australian context. J Paediatr Child Health, 52: 54-59. doi:10.1111/jpc.12995.


National and International:

  1. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting 2015. Australian Placental Transfusion Study Echo Sub-Study: Effect on Systemic Blood Flow; Dr Himanshu Popat
  2. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 9th World Congress 2015. PRE-PLAN - A randomised controlled trial assessing the impact of preconception weight loss for overweight or obese women; Dr Adrienne Gordon
  3. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 9th World Congress 2015. Is percentage body fat at birth related to age-dependant cardiovascular dysfunction?; Fiona Tout
  4. Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) 2015. Sudden Unexpected Early Neonatal Death or Collapse In Previously Healthy Term Infants In The First 7 Days of Life'. Population Based Surveillance in Australia; Dr Tracey Lutz
  5. Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) 2015. Australian Placental Transfusion Study Echo Sub-Study: Effect on Systemic Blood Flow; Dr Himanshu Popat
  6. Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) 2015. Success Of A Central Line Infection Prevention Bundle; Dr Rowena McMullan
  7. Impact 2015. Gloves On- Cluster Crossover Trial to Prevent Late OnsetSepsis in Neonates; Dr Mark Greenhalgh
  8. Impact 2015. A Randomised Controlled Trial Comparing C-MAC Videolaryngoscope Intubation with Direct Laryngoscope Intubation in Neonates: The HEADS UP Study; Dr Sarah Bellhouse
  9. Impact 2015. PRE-PLAN - A randomised controlled trial assessing the impact of preconception weight loss for overweight or obese women; Dr Adrienne Gordon
  10. Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Brisbane 2015. Do 'First Expressions' count? A simple approach to improve outcomes for High Risk Babies. Rachel Jones & Carmel Kelly
  11. Neonatology Summer Meeting, Avignon, France, June 2015; N. Evans
  12. Neonatal Cardiac and General Ultrasound Course, Cairo, Egypt May 2015; N. Evans
  13. Saudi Neonatal Society Meeting, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, April 2015 N. Evans
  14. Neonatal and Paediatric Functional Echocardiography, Genoa, Italy, April 2015; N. Evans
  15. Paediatric Academic Society Meeting, San Diego, April 2015; N. Evans
  16. Neonatal Update Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2015; N. Evans
  17. Neonatology Symposium, Rseznow, Poland; Oct 2015; N. Evans
  18. Neonatal Haemodynamics conference, Middlesborough, UK October 2015; N. Evans
  19. Brain Development; John Hunter Hospital, C. Wocadlo, March 2015
  20. Reducing obesity and diabetes risk; Women's Health Update Sydney, February 2015; A. Gordon
  21. The impact of mothers' preconception state on the future health of their children. DoHaD for Doctors Sydney March 2015; A. Gordon
  22. From Little Things Big Things Grow. Pint of Science Festival Sydney May 2015; A. Gordon
  23. Causes and Prevention of Stillbirth: Blue Mountains Tiny Tots Conference October 2015; .A Gordon
  24. Stillbirth: How can we prevent it? : Hunter Paediatric Congress October 2015 A. Gordon
  25. Severe Neonatal Hyperbilirubinaemia National Surveillance Study; Shanghai, April 2015; A. McGillivray
  26. Essentials of Care: Australia Technology park: K. Bennie, K. Davies, C. Conn, June 2015
  27. Back to PA Week: Neonatal Care in the 21st Century, I. Rieger, Aug 2015


Research Grants

NHMRC Dr Adrienne Gordon OPTIMUM - Optimising pregnancy by translating information for pregnant women  $      184,718 2015-2018
NHMRC Michael Dibley, Shams Arifeen, Tanvir Huda, Kingsley Agho, Jahangir Khan, Sabrina Rasheed, Beverley-Ann Biggs, Heather Jeffery  A community-based cluster randomised controlled trial in rural Bangladesh to evaluate the impact of the use of iron/folic acid supplements early in pregnancy on the risk of neonatal mortality   $   2,478,839 2012-2015
NHMRC Prof William O Tarnow-Mordi, A/Pr Nick Evans, Prof John P Newnham, A/Prof David A Osborn, Prof David Isaacs, A/Pr Karen Simmer et al.  Australian Placental Transfusion Study. NHMRC grant # 571309: Australian Placental Transfusion Study (APTS)  $   2,696,700  
NHMRC Green S, Jeffrey HE,  Lahra M, McDonald S, Macenzie J, Osborn DA South East Asia-Using Research for Change in Hospital-acquired Infection in Neonates SEA URCHIN project  $   2,100,000 2011-2015
NHMRC Dr Barbara E Lingwood, Prof Paul B Colditz, E/Pr Eugenie R Lumbers, A/Pr Nicholas J Evans, A/Prof David A Osborn.  Low systemic blood flow in preterm infants NHMRC grant #569635   $      758,750  
NHMRC A/Prof David Osborn.  Australian Cochrane Neonatal Support Group. RIMS Project # 2013-01632   $      179,982 2013-2016
NHMRC Dr Rod Hunt, Prof Paul Colditz, A/Prof Terrie Inder, Prof Nadia Badawi, Prof Karen Simmer, Dr Helen Liley, A/Prof David Osborn, Dr Jeanie Cheong, Dr Ian Wright  NHMRC Project Grant Application: 1006053 A study of the impact of treating electrographic seizures in term or near-term infants with neonatal encephalopathy.  $   1,301,310  

Contact details for department

Head of Department: Dr Ingrid Rieger

Department/Unit: Neonatal Medicine
RPA Hospital
Missenden Road
Camperdown NSW 2050
Telephone: (02) 9515 8248
Facsimile: (02) 9550 4375
Web: http://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: Ingrid.Rieger@sswahs.nsw.gov.au