RPAH - Midwifery and Nursing Research Unit RPAH - Midwifery and Nursing Research Unit
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Midwifery and Nursing Research Unit


Retirement in 2015- Sandie Bredemeyer OAM
Sandie began her neonatal nursing career at the former King George V Hospital (now RPA Women and Babies) in 1983. She completed the postgraduate certificate in neonatal nursing. Her roles in neonatal nursing at RPA have included clinical nurse educator from 1985 then in 1989 she was appointed Clinical Nurse Consultant in Perinatal Nursing.

Sandie was awarded her doctorate for her thesis on the effect of body position on the frequency of apnoea, oxygenation and feed tolerance in the preterm infant. In 2005 Sandie took up the offer of a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Sydney, the first time this has been offered to a nurse from RPAH. In December 2007 she was appointed Clinical Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney. She also initiated and fostered research by nurses and also across disciplines. She worked on programs that passed on her clinical excellence to nurses and midwives from Malaysia and Macedonia and locally was often consulted for her expert advice, which she was always willing to share. In 2005 Sandie received the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to perinatal nursing.

Sandie coordinated the introduction of an individualised developmentally supportive model of care into RPA Newborn Care and this remained one of her primary interests. In 2008 she undertook the coordination of a new transition program for neonatal nurse practitioners based in RPA Newborn Care.

The NSW Ministry of Health established the Excellence in Nursing & Midwifery Awards in 2013. The highest honour is the Judith Meppem Lifetime Achievement Award, which honours the state's first Chief Nurse. On 9 September 2015 this award was given to Sandie, who until her recent retirement at the end of August 2015 was Clinical Nurse Consultant in Perinatal Nursing, RPA Newborn Care.

Retirement in 2013 - Maureen Ryan
Maureen Ryan commenced work at RPA in 1982 as Clinical Midwifery Educator in Delivery Ward and finished her career at RPA in 2013 as Head of Department Low Risk Obstetrics (the first midwife to be appointed to that role), Senior Midwifery Educator, Women and Babies and Clinical Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, The University of Sydney.

Maureen focussed her energies on professional education programs, research and audit in order to optimise clinical care for the mothers and their babies. She was committed to supporting midwives, nurses and students both professionally and clinically. Maureen supported the ethos of evidence-based practice and promoted critical thinking through the application of evidence to practice and the development of practice guidelines. She promoted research in the clinical setting by advancing its relevance and importance to midwifery to make it meaningful to clinicians.

Maureen's professional activities included being a nurse and midwife member for the Nurses and Midwives Tribunal hearings and Professional Standards Committee. Maureen was awarded the Pamela Powers Award in 1999 for her significant contribution to the nursing profession at RPA Hospital. Maureen was also a member of the RPA Ethics Committee and a member of the College of Midwives.

Maureen was the inaugural Chair of the RPA Women and Babies Research Unit since its launch in October 2005 and until her retirement.

Maureen was universally respected and loved by all who worked alongside her.

RPA Women and Babies
Centre Launch - 14 October 2005

The official launch of the Centre took place on Friday 14 October 2005, in the Kerry Packer Education Centre. It was opened by Ms Valerie Smith, Clinical Manager for RPA Women’s and Children’s Health, followed by Professor Kate White from the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, the University of Sydney, as guest speaker. Various members of the Centre then presented their current research projects and the event was closed by Maureen Ryan, Senior Nurses Educator for RPA Women’s and Children’s Health.

RPAH - Midwifery and Nursing Research Unit

L to R: Professor Kate White, Jan Polverino and Valerie Smith

RPAH - Midwifery and Nursing Research Unit

L to R: Jan Polverino, Hala Phipps, Shelley Reid, Sandie Bredemeyer, Professor Kate White, Charlene Thornton, Maureen Ryan, Kate Cheney and a representative from Baxter Healthcare.

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