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Missenden Road
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Missenden Road NSW 2050

Phone: (02) 9515-6111
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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?
  • Childhood follow up in the NHMRC LIFT study. Does bovine lactoferrin prevent death or disability in very low birth weight infants?
  • PROTECT Pentoxifylline for Babies with suspected sepsis-2017
  • PAEN Trial of EPO as an adjunct to hypothermia for babies with HIE
  • 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
  • SO3 trial (the Small baby Omega-3 trial): To determine whether taking fish oil during infancy reduces arterial wall thickness (an early marker of atherosclerosis) and blood pressure in children with poor fetal growth
  • 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.
  • REACH: Randomised trial of Rehabilitation very EArly in Congenital Hemiplegia-a randomised control trial of constraint therapy versus standard therapy for children with hemiplegia
  • 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.


  • Dr Adrienne Gordon, NHMRC Early Career Fellow 2015 - 2018
  • Dr Rowena McMullan, INSERM-University of Sydney Research Collaboration Fellowship. 2016-7
  • 2016 SLHD Quality Award winner for Infection Prevention and Control
  • NSW Health Harry Collins Award
  • iSAIL Clinic-Patients as Partners award
  • SLHD Child Protection and Wellbeing Award for Possum Playgroup program

Research Staff

  • Dr Adrienne Gordon, NHMRC Early Career Fellow
  • Jane Davey

Higher Degree Students:


  • Tracey Lutz, University of Sydney
  • Angela McGillivray , University of Sydney
  • Rowena McMullan, University of Sydney
  • Shelley Reid, University of Sydney
  • Dr Himanshu Popat, University of Sydney


  • Hannah Dalrymple UNSW

Publications and Presentations

Publication Details:
  1. McMullan R, Gordon A. Impact of a Central Line Infection Prevention Bundle in Newborn Infants. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Jun 13:1-8.
  2. McMullan R, Fuller N, Caterson I, Celermajer D, Gordon A, Hespe C, Hyett J, O'Reilly C, Phipps H, Skilton M. Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: Who knows? Who cares? J Paeds Child Health, in press. 2017.
  3. Oei JL, Saugstad OD, Lui K, Wright IM, Smyth JP, Craven P, Wang YA, McMullan R, Coates E, Ward M, Mishra P, De Waal K, Travadi J, See KC, Cheah IG, Lim CT, Choo YM, Kamar AA, Cheah FC, Masoud A, Tarnow-Mordi W. Targeted Oxygen in the Resuscitation of Preterm Infants, a Randomized Clinical Trial. Pediatrics. 2017 Jan;139(1). pii: e20161452. doi: 10.1542/peds.2016-1452.
  4. McMullan, R; Gordon, A. Antibiotics at the time of removal of central venous catheter to reduce morbidity and mortality in newborn infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2016) (Protocol)
  5. McMullan, R; Gordon, A. Insertion strategies for peripherally inserted central venous catheters in newborn infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2016) (Protocol)
  6. Evans N, Towards Rational Use of Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Preterm babies (Editorial review), Acta Paediatrica 2016; 105:121-122
  7. Lutz T, Elliot E, Jeffery H. Sudden unexplained early neonatal death or collapse: A National Surveillance Study. Pediatric Research accepted article preview online 24 May 2016; doi :10.1038 /pr.2016.110
  8. 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
  9. McGillivray A, Badawi N, Evans N. Prospective Surveillance Study of Severe Neonatal Hyperbilirubinaemia in Australia. Journal of Pediatrics 2016;168:82-87.e3,
  10. BOOST-II Australia and United Kingdom Collaborative Groups; Tarnow-Mordi W; Stenson B; Kirby A; Juszczak E; Donoghoe M; Deshpande S; Morley C; King A; Doyle LW; Fleck BW; Davis PG; Halliday HL; Hague W; Cairns P; Darlow BA; Fielder AR; Gebski V; Marlow N; Simmer K; Tin W; Ghadge A; Williams C; Keech A; Wardle SP; Kecskes Z; Kluckow M; Gole G; Evans N; Malcolm G; Luig M; Wright I; Stack J; Tan K; Pritchard M; Gray PH; Morris S; Headley B; Dargaville P; Simes RJ; Brocklehurst P. Outcomes of Two Trials of Oxygen-Saturation Targets in Preterm Infants. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016;374(8):749-60,
  11. Evans N, Towards rational use of inhaled nitric oxide in preterm babies (Editorial Review). Acta Paediatrica 2016; 105:121-122
  12. Browning Carmo K, Lutz T, Berry A, Kluckow M, Evans N. Feasibility and utility of portable ultrasound during retrieval of sick term and late preterm infants. Acta Paediatrica 2016: Sept 2015
  13. Taylor AJ, Jones LJ, Osborn DA. Zinc supplementation of parenteral nutrition in newborn infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017; (2):
  14. Osborn DA, Sinn JK, Jones LJ. Infant formulas containing hydrolysed protein for prevention of allergic disease and food allergy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2017; (3).
  15. Schindler T, Sinn JK, Osborn DA. Polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in infancy for the prevention of allergy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016;10:CD010112.
  16. Popat H, Robledo KP, Sebastian L, Evans N, Gill A, Kluckow M, Sinhal S, de Waal K, Tarnow-Mordi W, Osborn D. Effect of Delayed Cord Clamping on Systemic Blood Flow: A Randomized Controlled Trial. J Pediatr. 2016;178:81-6 e2.
  17. Osborn DA. Case study in neonatology. In: Bioni-Zoccai G, editor. Umbrella reviews. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing; 2016. p. 235-72.
  18. The International Stillbirth Alliance Collaborative for Improving Classification of Perinatal Deaths Classification of causes and associated conditions for stillbirths and neonatal deaths Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine published online Mar 2017
  19. Joseph F, HyettJ J, Mcgeechan K, Schluter P Gordon A, Mclennan A, de Vries B. A new approach to developing birth weight reference charts: a retrospective observational study - In press Feb Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy 2017
  20. Felicity J Park, Kyra A Sim, Brad De Vries, Jon A Hyett, Adrienne Gordon Epidemic of large babies highlighted by use of INTERGROWTH21 international standard accepted Mar 2017 ANZJOG
  21. Bowen JR, Callander I, Richards R, Lindrea KB; Sepsis Prevention in NICUs Group. Decreasing infection in neonatal intensive care units through quality improvement Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2017;102:F51-F57. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2015-310165
  22. Paul A. Gardiner, Alison L. Kent, Viviana Rodriguez , Aleena M. Wojcieszek, David Ellwood, Adrienne Gordon et al. Evaluation of an international educational programme for health care professionals on best practice in the management of a perinatal death: IMproving Perinatal mortality Review and Outcomes Via Education (IMPROVE) BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2016) 16:376
  23. David Carr, Elizabeth Helen Barnes, Adrienne Gordon, David Isaacs. Effect of antibiotic use on antimicrobial antibiotic resistance and late-onset neonatal infections over 25 years in an Australian tertiary neonatal unit. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed Online First 13 Oct 2016 doi:10.1136/archdischild-2016-310905
  24. Monk A, Harris K, Donnolley N, Hilder L, Humphrey M, Gordon A & Chambers GM 2016. Perinatal deaths in Australia, 1993-2012. Perinatal deaths series no. 1. Cat. no. PER 86. Canberra: AIHW.
  25. Flenady V, Wojcieszek AM, Middleton P, Ellwood D et al; Lancet Ending Preventable Stillbirths study group.; Lancet Stillbirths In High-Income Countries Investigator Group.Lancet. 2016 Feb 13;387(10019):691-702. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)01020-
  26. Black K, Gordon A. Addressing Obesity before pregnancy: new evidence and future strategies MJA : Aug 15 2016

Book Chapters:
  1. Kovacs and Norman: How to Prepare the Body for Reproductive Success 2016 Chapter 2: The effect of nutrition and micronutrients on reproductive success Brand-Miller J, Gordon A, Sim K, Li Mu


Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting 2016

  1. Australian Placental Transfusion Study Echo Sub-Study: Effect on Systemic Blood Flow; Dr Himanshu Popat

Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 9th World Congress 2016

  1. PRE-PLAN - A randomised controlled trial assessing the impact of preconception weight loss for overweight or obese women; Dr Adrienne Gordon
  2. Is percentage body fat at birth related to age-dependant cardiovascular dysfunction?; Fiona Tout

World Obesity Congress Vancouver May 2016

  1. Gordon A: Research priorities in intergenerational cycle of obesity.

Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) 2016, 2017

  1. 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
  2. Australian Placental Transfusion Study Echo Sub-Study: Effect on Systemic Blood Flow; Dr Himanshu Popat
  3. Success Of A Central Line Infection Prevention Bundle; Dr Rowena McMullan
  4. Gordon A, Sim KA, Lopez Vargas P, Bellhouse S, Black K, Williams G Research priorities in intergenerational cycle of obesity. Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 21st Annual Congress April 2017
  5. Park F, de Vries B, Hyett J, Gordon A. Epidemic of large babies highlighted by use of international standard Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand 21st Annual Congress April 2017
  6. Flenady V. Boyle F, Schirmann A, Horey D, Wojcieszek A, Middleton P, Gordon A, Oats J, Wallace E, Ellwood D Identifying priorities to address stillbirth in Australia and New Zealand 2016

Impact 2016

  1. Gloves On- Cluster Crossover Trial to Prevent Late OnsetSepsis in Neonates; Dr Mark Greenhalgh
  2. PRE-PLAN - A randomised controlled trial assessing the impact of preconception weight loss for overweight or obese women; Dr Adrienne Gordon

Invited Presentations

  1. Evans N. Point of Care Ultrasound in the neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care unit, Genoa, Italy May 2016
  2. Evans N. Neonatal Haemodynamics Meeting, Monash Hospital, October 2016
  3. Gordon A. Obesity Can we intervene pre-pregnancy. World Obesity Congress Vancouver, Canada May 2016
  4. Gordon A: Can we intervene before pregnancy to reduce child obesity? Sydney international Perinatal Update August 2016

Research Grants

NHMRC Associate Professor Kei Lui
Professor Martin Kluckow
Professor Brian Darlow
Doctor Paolo Manzoni
Ms Adrienne Kirby
Professor Neil Marlow
Associate Professor David Osborn
Application ID: APP1130281
Does bovine lactoferrin prevent death or disability in very low birthweight infants? Childhood follow up in the NHMRC LIFT study
NHMRC Dr Adrienne Gordon OPTIMUM - Optimising pregnancy by translating information for pregnant women  $184,718 2015-2018
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 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  
University of WA research collaboration award Dr Adrienne Gordon Network for Preconception and Early Pregnancy Randomised Controlled Trials  $19,992 2015-2016
Sydney Medical Foundation Dr Adrienne Gordon Clinician Researcher Support Scheme $36,500
 $36,500 2016
Sydney Local Health District Dr Adrienne Gordon The Pitch- Towards reducing disparity, empowering parents and improving pregnancy outcomes via a mobile application  $40,000 2016
NHMRC Dr Adrienne Gordon Centre for Research Excellence in Stillbirth Prevention and Care for Families  $2,496,348 2016
University of Sydney Dr Adrienne Gordon DVC Research Bridging Support  $30,000 2017

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: www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/research/
Email: Ingrid.Rieger@health.nsw.gov.au