Research Accomplishments



  • Extended parental leave for families with premature or sick newborns - Miracle Babies Foundation Survey

  • Effectiveness of Family Integrated Care in neonatal intensive care units on infant and parent outcomes: a multicentre, multinational, cluster-randomised controlled trial

  • TORPIDO 30/60 Trial wins the 2019 ACTA Consumer Involvement Award

  • Delayed Cord Clamping Saves Premature Babies

  • BOOST II Trial 



Be Sweet to Babies: Consumer Evaluation of a Parent-Targeted Video Aimed at Improving Pain Management Strategies in Newborn Infants Undergoing Painful Procedures

Evidence for analgesic effects of parent-led pain management strategies during painful procedures in newborn infants exists; however, such strategies are inconsistently used in practice. A publicly available parent-targeted video demonstrates breastfeeding, skin-to-skin care, and sucrose during painful procedures. Australian parents' use and knowledge of this video and these strategies was unknown.

To read the full article click here: Be Sweet to Babies

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Impact of current Australian paid parental leave on families of preterm and sick infants

Parents of preterm or sick infants are at increased risk of mental health problems. The financial stress associated with an infant's prolonged hospital stay can have an additional negative effect on families' wellbeing and child development. This study explores parent use of Australian paid parental leave (PPL) and the financial impact of having an infant requiring neonatal care.

To read the full article, click here: Impact of current Australian paid parental leave on families of preterm and sick infants - Eeles - Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health - Wiley Online Library

Zero Separation: Infant and family-centred developmental care in times of COVID-19

World Prematurity Day highlights the specific challenges that babies born too soon and their families have been facing during the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For almost 2 years now, societies and health systems worldwide have been disrupted. Although the focus has rightly been on managing the COVID-19 crisis and its fallout, pandemic-related restrictions have also affected quality of care, including the application of an evidence-based infant and family-centred developmental care approach.

To read the results of the study, click here: Zero separation: infant and family-centred developmental care in times of COVID-19 - The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health


Implemented restrictions have put additional pressure on the already vulnerable group of newborn babies and their families, with the full effect of the long-term consequences yet to be seen.

Effects of delayed versus immediate umbilical cord clamping in reducing death or major disability at 2 years corrected age among very preterm infants (APTS): a multicentre, randomised clinical trial

Very preterm infants are at increased risk of adverse outcomes in early childhood. We assessed whether delayed clamping of the umbilical cord reduces mortality or major disability at 2 years in the APTS Childhood Follow Up Study.


Effectiveness of Family Integrated Care in neonatal intensive care units on infant and parent outcomes: a multicentre, multinational, cluster-randomised controlled trial

Despite evidence suggesting that parent involvement was beneficial for infant and parent outcomes, the Family Integrated Care (FICare) programme was one of the first pragmatic approaches to enable parents to become primary caregivers in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We aimed to analyse the effect of FICare on infant and parent outcomes, safety, and resource use.

Social media is essential for research engagement

Engagement underlies research success. Whether it is engagement with existing or new collaborators, the media, governing and funding bodies, or government, and last but not least consumers (formerly called patients), effective communication and dissemination of research findings is essential. The days of pure, unadulterated science, without the need to justify a disease cure are over. With scientific literature written in a style that is virtually impossible for the layperson to read and interpret, social media provides an alternative broadcasting strategy…

RCT evidence should drive clinical practice : A day without randomisation is a day without progress

Doctors should never be obliged to invite patients to join trials. Instead, we need a self‐improving health system that embeds randomised trials in routine care. ‘We must change community culture so that one of the first questions asked by pregnant women and their families is, “Are there any randomised trials we can join?”’ Melinda Cruz

Evaluation of the Family Integrated Care model of neonatal intensive care:  a cluster randomized controlled trial in Canada and Australia

BMC Pediatrics201515:210 DOI: 10.1186/s12887-015-0527-0

Admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) may disrupt parent-infant interaction with adverse consequences for infants and their families. Several family-centered care programs promote parent-infant interaction in the NICU; however, all of these retain the premise that health-care professionals should provide most of the infant's care. Parents play a mainly supportive role in the NICU and continue to feel anxious and unprepared to care for their infant after discharge. 

Design and conduct of a large neonatal or obstetric randomized controlled trial

Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine xxx (2015) 1-14

As event rates fall, if mortality and disability are to improve further there is increasing need for large, well-designed trials. These should enrol more patients, more rapidly and at lower cost, with better representation of infants at highest risk and greater integration with routine care.

Dealing with the Unknown: Reducing the Proportion of Unvalidated Treatments Offered to Children

Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed February 18, 2015

When, on the basis of up-to-date, well-conducted systematic reviews of relevant evidence, we know we do not know and yet we fail to act, people have suffered and died unnecessarily. For example, the consequence of decade-long delays in addressing uncertainties about the long-term effects of fetal exposure to antibiotics given to women in preterm labour is that many individuals are living today with cerebral palsy that could have been avoided.

The "Research Misconception" and the SUPPORT Trial:  Toward Evidence-Based Consensus

The American Journal of Bioethics Volume 13, Issue 12, 2013

Online article or

Critics of SUPPORT, including Macklin and Shepherd in this issue (2013), argue that its consent forms encouraged the “therapeutic misconception.” They allege that SUPPORT investigators blurred the distinction between research and clinical care by referring to different treatment options as “standard of care.” They contend that information statements ignored or downplayed the risks of participating in the research.

Strategies to accelerate recruitment to NHMRC multi-centre clinical trials

Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. Volume 49, Issue 1, pages E103–E105, January 2013

Online abstract

All these trials are likely to have significant impact on clinical practice because they were reported in the world's most highly cited medical journal. They illustrate the need to invest considerable resources and time, often well beyond 5 years, to address important study questions, rather than curtailing recruitment, diminishing power and scientific validity.

Evaluating Therapeutic Hypothermia Parental Perspectives Should Be Explicitly Represented in Future Research

Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine VOL 166 (NO. 6), June 2012

The systematic review of randomized controlled trials by Tagin et al in this issue of the Archives1 confirms therapeutic hypothermia, or cooling, as a major advance for infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). The evidence, achieved during 2 decades of international collaboration, reflects great credit on the neonatal community, parents, researchers, funding agencies, and providers of health care.

Evidence-based neonatal medicine in Latin America; what can we learn from the International Neonatal Study and trials of IVIg?

Jornal de Pediatria Copyright © by Sociedade Brasileira de Pediatria

Although reliable randomised trials are essential to guide policy and avoid unnecessary expenditure on ineffective treatments, very few babies or pregnant women in Latin America, and in the rest of the world, are recruited into multicenter perinatal trials.


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