Updating Maternal and Child Health Professionals about outcomes for preterm babies
CRE in Newborn Medicine Director Professor Jeanie Cheong and Chief Investigator Professor Rod Hunt recently presented at the Maternal and Child Health conference to an audience of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurses, MCH students and allied health professionals working in the maternal and child health sector at their February conference hosted by DHHS and Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).
Rod presented on the significance of head circumference measurements in babies, a key measure of growth in babies and young infants. Jeanie presented on the adult outcomes following extremely preterm birth, ranging from cardiovascular and respiratory health, to mental health and transition to adult life. Both presentations The event which had over 1500 registered delegates provided a platform for the dissemination of findings from the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study, or VICS, of which Jeanie is the convenor. A collaboration between the Royal Women’s Hospital, Mercy Hospital for Women, Monash Medical Centre and the Royal Children’s Hospital, VICS has been working towards better understanding the extent of long-term health outcomes faced by the tiniest and most immature babies for over four decades. The longitudinal program of research conducts assessments to track the health and wellbeing of children and adults born extremely premature. Ensuring that the Maternal and Child Health professionals were kept abreast with these important findings from the VICS study is just one of the ways that the CRE in Newborn Medicine is translating research outcomes to clinical practice. “The Maternal and Child Health nurses are the pillars of developmental surveillance for all our extremely preterm babies, making them a key audience for our research.”
You can access the conference materials and presentations through the MAV website here: