Welcome to the 2019 Council of International Neonatal Nurses Conference

Programme Overview

Please find the Programme Overview below. The programme is also subject to change as further information becomes available.

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Sunday 5th May


These five workshops are designed with you in mind, regardless of your area of interest you will be exposed to new and innovative ideas delivered by local and international experts.      

1000-1400 Workshop 1

Workshop 2 Workshop 3   

Workshop 4


Workshop 5   

Simulation Workshop



Cutting edge neonatal education techniques using simulation       

Practical Application of Neurodevelopmental

Strategies in the Neonatal Setting

Family-Learn strategies to practice Development Care and work with families





Newborn Unit Staff-'caring for the carers'



Neonatal Unit and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare Tour


Community-Get to see how Neonatal Units work with industry to develop products and progress research

Neonatal P.O.I.N.T.S of Care Education Programme

Global-Basic neonatal care Programme to implement in a variety of settings globally


Pōwhiri/Welcome Ceremony and Opening Plenary

A pōwhiri, or welcome unites the groups under whatever kaupapa (purpose) they share.

The opening plenary session will challenge the audience - What are the issues impacting on nurses, babies and families/whānau globally? How can we work together to make a difference?

1530-1600 Powhiri and Opening Session
1600-1645 Carole Kenner
Global Neonatal Nursing-Leading and Teaming

Kerri Nuku

Topic TBC


Welcome Reception, 
Exhibition Hall



Monday 6th May


Following a warm welcome, we commence the day with two highly prestigious Keynote Speakers, be prepared to take notes 


Opening Session
0800-0830 COINN Welcome Ceremony


Sarah Little
Welcome Address


Heidelise Als
Protecting the preterm brain – family and staff collaboration


Mark Turner
Global family – how to work within international networks


Morning Tea - Sponsored by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Concurrent Sessions

Each session will commence with a presentation by a recognised expert in the sub speciality area, followed by a series of abstract presentations from neonatal teams around the world. 


Cultural partnership

Newborn Staff & Environment

Family Baby 1
Clinical Care
Baby 2
Skin Care





Abbey Eeles

Handling techniques to conserve energy during care giving



Anevili Brown Purcell
Engaging with Maori/ Pacific parents to promote parental partnership in the NICU

Janet Green

Social media and neonatal nurses: leveraging positives and minimising consequences

Hilary Lumsden

On uncertain ground: grandmothers on the NICU



Margaret Broom
Advancing practice to reduce neonatal skin injuries through quality improvement

Amy Wright

Caring for indigenous families in the NICU: lessons from Canada

Catherine Ringham

Feeding the system: nurses’ technology work in the NICU

Joelle Monaghan

Enhancing parental presence in the NICU: parent and provider perceptions

Wakako Eklund

HFNC practice patterns reported from neonatal providers in the U.S

Colette McIntyre

What's growing on me? Case series review of moisture blisters

1145-1200 Anna Adcock
He tamariki kokoti tau: whānau Māori experiences of preterm birth

Kristin Hughes

Testing evacuation procedures provides impetus for change in practice

Debbie O’Donoghue

What’s helpful, problematic or missing ? Fathers experiences of NICU supports 

Terri Moore

Evaluation of new thermal care recommended by NRP 7th edition

Karen New

Atopic eczema: assessment and early prevention strategies from birth


Kendall Stevenson

Wāhine and whānau experiences informing the maternal-infant health care system

Lynn Sinclair

Self-regulated learning in a blended postgraduate nursing subject

Lynne Wainwright

Impact of neonatal admission on the whole family including siblings

Anne Dawbney

Neonatal nurse navigator - complex case presentation 

Deanne August

Neonatal skin and pressure injury study: language, frequency, emerging themes


Francesca Storey

Learning the kaupapa: he korowai manaaki

Nancy Feeley

What NICU design is optimal for mothers well-being?

Dustylee Williams

Opening the doors for families in special care nursery

Justine Parsons

Neonatal organ donation : developing an Australian NICU clinical guideline

Anndrea Flint

Neonatal scalp skin injuries: clinical practice needs and parent education



Lunch - Sponsored by InterMed Medical Limited

Gain insight, knowledge and empathy of families in NICU 'Walking in the shoes of others'




Nikki Turner

World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE)


Simon Rowley

A personal account of working with NICU families (cited from his recently publicised book “Mind that Child”)


 Afternoon Tea - Sponsored by Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

How can we make a different and does the care we provide really  make a difference ?  These questions and more are addressed in this thought provoking session 




Dieter Wolke 
Adult Outcome after Very Preterm Birth: Vulnerability and Resiliency


Abbey Eels

Nurses as attachers - The Neonatal Nurses Expanded Role


Rachel Callander

The Impact of Language and Empowering Communication at Diagnosis 


Sessions conclude for the day



Tuesday 7th May


Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Breakfast Session

Jennifer Dawson
Stabilisation and Thermal Management in the Delivery Room


Learning from each other’s experiences on the global stage commences the day




Susan Ludington
Topic TBC


Raylene Philips

The Neuroscience of Nurture in the NICU 

1000-1030 Gail Corbett
Topic TBC


Morning Tea

Concurrent Sessions: 

More abstract presentations from our global neonatal community



Community Environment/Family Mothers
(Maternal mental health)




Amanda Hackett

Implementation of an integrated and collaborative nursing model of care

Kim Psaila 

Lives in transition: findings from the Continuity of Care (CoCo) study

Lisa Liu

Parents’ experience of support in NICU single-family rooms

Nancy Feeley

Mothers of NICU infants at-risk for PTSD symptoms 

Mieko Uchida 

Single-center outcomes of Quality Improvement Initiative to increase breastfeeding rates


Agnes van den Hoogen

First survey on research priorities among NICU nurses globally


Angela Casey

We want you! Promoting leadership as an essential component of practice for neonatal nurses

Theresa H.M. Kim

Prevalence and predictors of PPD in mothers of NICU infants

Lisa Kleinz 

Optimize infant oral feeding outcomes with Zero-Resistance™ Bottle System


Ruth Davidge

Accreditation of neonatal services in Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa

Karen Lasby

Rough seas ahead: the reality of feeding preemies post NICU

Miki Konishi

Barriers against Japanese nurses to adopt invasive procedure a 'Nursing'

Lane Beaumont

NICU professional mother’s experience of ELBW birth: trauma to healing

Marjolaine Heon

Breast milk expression: what is the current evidence?


Andre Ndayambaje

Novel approach to essential care neonatal training for nurses and midwives in district hospitals in Rwanda

Ida du Plessis-Faurie

Mothers’ experiences caring for preterm infants in resource poor communities

Marsha Campbell-Yeo

Systematic review on Perinatal mHealth Interventions for mothers in LMICs

Breidge Boyle 

Can eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), administered during or after a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit  admission, reduce the severity of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in parents of premature babies: a feasibility study?

Sheeja Pathrose

Current practices for gastric residual aspiration in Australian neonatal units 


Ruth Davidge

Essential Package of Neonatal Care in Kwa-Zulu Natal SA

Julia Petty

Nursing knowledge in supporting parents of premature babies at home

Mayut Galeano

Expressive writing  reduce level stress in mothers of preterm infants

Janet Green

The impact of maternal mental health on babies of extreme prematurity  

Mary-Ellen Youseman

Facilitating early access to breastmilk through staff and parent engagement

1215-1230 Fauste Uwingabire
The Prevalence of Birth Asphyxia Associated Factors and Outcomes at a District Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda

Jodie Watt

Parents experience's of transition from neonatal to paediatric services


Jann Foster

An Australian qualitative exploration of the feeding experiences of parents of preterm infants 


Lunch - Sponsored by InterMed Medical Limited





Expert Nutrition panel  ‘What is best for baby and  what is ‘optimal growth’ for babies born premature’
Frank Bloomfield - Medical Viewpoint
Barbara Cormack - Dietitian Viewpoint

NICU Mother perspective -TBC

Baby perspective - TBC




Poster Presentations - Presenters will be available at their posters for more in-depth discussion with conference participants during this extended break  


 Afternoon Tea & Poster Presentaions


Plenary 1

Research is creating new knowledge

Neil Armstrong 

Plenary 2

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.

Agatha Christie




Mark Turner

Research – how to prioritise, fund, conduct


Raylene Philips & Leslie Altimier

Implementing the 7 Core Measures of Neuroprotective Family-Centered Developmental Care in the NICU


Julia Pitcher

Neurodevelopment after common complications of pregnancy: Is inflammation the primary villain? 



Judith McAra 

Topic TBC


Jeanie Cheong

Changing prognosis of extremely preterm newborns with postnatal age, modifying counselling for families



Sessions conclude for the day

1900 - late


"Great Gatsby" Dinner
New Zealand Rooms 1&2



Wednesday 8th May


Johnson & Johnson Breakfast Session 

Deanne August, Juliet Manning, Fiona Dineen, Lynette Chapple and Karen New

Care of the largest organ: burden or opportunity?

New Zealander Margaret Alve starts the day and will engage you from the moment she talks. Our International key note speaker and Invited speaker then take centre stage to  complete this potpourri plenary session 






Introduction and Housekeeping


Margaret Alve 

Building strength and resilience

 0910-0950 Susan Ludington
Topic TBC

Joy Browne

Infant Mental Health in Intensive Care and Beyond



Concurrent Sessions    

Final opportunity to hear from each other the latest evidence in readiness to implement into clinical care



Newborn & Staff Environment Family
Integrated care

Baby 1

Pain / Pot pourri

Baby 2



Carin Maree

STTI Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy’s footprint in Africa

Bridget Moore

Enriching the care of patients and families in the NICU 

Rosemarie Batchelor

Rural New Zealand and the neonatal nurse practitioner- the future? 

Megan Bater

PEDaL: training parents of preterm infants to support early development

Bonnie Stevens

Usability evaluation of a knowledge translation intervention for neonatal pain 

Karen Lasby

Short-term outcomes for very-low-birth-weight Infants: a retrospective study 


Qiuxia (Sophia) Dong 

Kangaroo care in China

Priya Govindaswamy

Knowledge to action translation: engaging families in a surgical NICU

Amy Barker

Reflection, contemporary practice and the future of neonatal nursing 

Nethong Namprom
The effect of maternal participation in preterm’s care and improved short-term growth and neurodevelopment outcomes


Bianca Devsam

Pain assessment in ventilated, sedated, and muscle-relaxed neonates

Nadine Griffiths

None or too little: the realities of neurodevelopmental care education in the clinical setting 


Anevilli Brown Purcell

"Samoa mo Samoa". As we build capacity with our neighbouring countries

Helene Anderson

Improving end of life care for indigenous Australian families in NICU

Jacqueline Johnstone

Manual handling - improving care for infants, families and staff

Jennifer Gallop

FICare in the largest NICU in the southern hemisphere 

Colette McIntyre

Butterfly meets Hummingbird:  an end of life collaboration

Emma Malone

Cardiac surgery, feeding and developmental outcomes in infants (C-FAD STUDY) 


Karen New

Advancing clinical practice and research: industry funding and partnerships

Donna Hovey

Partnering to improve outcomes for newborns in Papua New Guinea 

Leanne Ehrlich

Graduate nurses in NICU-A successful transition to practice

Shelley Reid

Parents’ perspectives on neonatal nurses and family centered care

Brianna Richardson

Parent-targeted education regarding infant pain management: A scoping review

Lynn Sinclair

Parents’ understanding of Extremely preterm infant outcomes data (POD study)

1230-1240 10 Minute Break 
Have your pen poised for some take home messages


Closing Plenary


Heidelise Als

NIDCAP, The Voice of the Newborn – Responsibility and Opportunity


Invited Guest


Keelan Ransfield
Topic TBC


Closing Ceremony