Board of Directors
PSANZ became Company limited by guarantee on 29 January 2007. PSANZ is governed by a Board of Directors (Board) which is comprised of members elected to the Board.
The Board of Directors comprise the following Members:
- the Office Bearers;
- the Immediate Past President
- geographic representation
- member of the Consumer Advisory Panel
Where possible each Discipline should be represented on the board.
Current Board Members
Professor Jonathan Morris is currently the Director of Research at the NSLHD and Kolling Institute which unites research and education with patient care and community wellbeing. He is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist with an active clinical role in the management of women with high risk pregnancies. He directs a research group that extends from basic science to population health. He has led a number of large clinical trials and is an active member of IMPACT. He also has a keen interest in improving maternity and newborn care, health service efficiency and enabling research through the use of data.
Dr Lynn Sinclair is a Clinical Nurse Consultant with the NSW Pregnancy and newborn Services Network (PSN), Conjoint Senior Lecturer, School of Women's and Children's Health UNSW and Associate of the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney. She is an active member of several of the PSANZ’s subcommittees including chair of the policy subcommittee and member of the IMPACT Network. Lynn’s PhD highlighted the effects of workplace culture and interpersonal relationships on knowledge generation and translation. Her current research interests include ascertaining how knowledge of neonatal health outcomes informs nursing practice and improving the parent experience including identifying more effective ways of presenting extremely preterm infant outcomes data.
Professor Frank Bloomfield is Director of the Liggins Institute and Professor of Neonatology at the University of Auckland and consultant Neonatologist at National Women’s Health, Auckland City Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand. He is a member of the National Maternity Monitoring Group in NZ, the Governance Board of the National Intestinal Failure Service and a Council member of the Perinatal Research Society (USA). His research interests are in fetal and neonatal nutrition and how this impacts on growth, development and later risk of non-communicable disease. Professor Bloomfield is an active member of the Fetal and Neonatal Physiology sub-committee and the IMPACT Network for Mothers’ and Babies’ Health.
Dr Julie Brown is a Senior Research Fellow working at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland, New Zealand. She specialises in research synthesis and translational health. She is an author of over 50 Cochrane protocols and systematic reviews and has been involved in the development of several national clinical practice guidelines in New Zealand. Her current areas of interest are in maternal and perinatal health, in particular gestational diabetes. Julie is a member of the PSANZ policy sub-committee, a member of the Guideline International Network Australia and New Zealand Regional Community Steering Group and an editor for the Cochrane Collaboration.
Susan Heath is a Registered Nurse and Midwife who lives and works in Western Sydney and is currently employed as the High Risk Pregnancy Clinical Midwifery Consultant at Westmead Hospital. Susan's interests are in stillbirth investigation and care, the origins of adult disease and supporting the health of indigenous Australians.
Dr Katie Groom is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Auckland and Subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine at National Women’s Health, Auckland City Hospital. Her research focuses on clinical trials of therapies and interventions for the prevention and treatment of the major complications of pregnancy – preterm birth, preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. She is currently the Chief Investigator for the EPPI trial and the STRIDER NZAus trial. In addition to her role within the IMPACT Network, Katie is a Board member of PSANZ and ACTA and Chairperson of the Executive Committee for the ON TRACK New Zealand Maternal and Perinatal Health Clinical Trials National Network.
Dr Victoria Kain in an academic at Griffith University in the School of Nursing and Midwifery where she is currently the Director of Undergraduate Programs (Nursing). She is also a member of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, and has a research profile in perinatal and neonatal palliative care and neonatal nursing workforce planning. Victoria has been a neonatal nurse for 25 years and is the convenor for undergraduate and postgraduate neonatal nursing courses at Griffith. She also has an interest in curriculum based research including internationalisation of curriculum. She has been an associate editor for Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing from 2011-2015 and is active in the Australian College of Neonatal Nursing. She is also a founding executive member of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Perinatal Palliative Care Special Interest Group (PSANZ).
Professor Peter Anderson is a psychologist and Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and Professorial Fellow in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. He is Group Leader of the Victorian Infant Brain Studies (VIBeS) team, which has an international reputation for studying the impact brain injury and brain development has on cognitive, motor, educational and behavioural outcomes in high-risk infants. Professor Anderson is on the executive of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine. He is also a senior researcher in the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study Group (VICS) and co-director of the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychological Studies (AC-CNS).
Dr Adrienne Gordon is a Senior Staff Specialist Neonatologist in the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Centre for Newborn Care and an NHMRC Early Career Fellow at the University of Sydney. Her Fellowship aims to develop and pilot test a culturally appropriate information resource for pregnant women targeting health behaviours that can optimise pregnancy outcome. She led the Sydney Stillbirth Study and has established a district health service for families who have experienced the loss of their baby. She is Deputy Chair of the National Scientific Advisory Group of SIDS and KIDS, a member of the IMPACT network, a PSANZ board director, NSW regional coordinator for IMPROVE and a member of PSANZ-SANDA and the ANZSA research consortium.