Welcome to the 2019 Council of International Neonatal Nurses Conference

Programme Overview

Presentations have been collated from speakers who have confirmed permission to share their research.Click here to find out more


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
(Marlborough Room 2)
Workshop 2
(Marlborough Room 3)
Workshop 3

Workshop 4

(Marlborough Room 1)


Nadine Griffiths & Kaye Spence
Practical Application of Neurodevelopmental

Strategies in the Neonatal Setting

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

Cheryl Strawbridge





Newborn Unit Staff-'caring for the carers'

Neonatal Unit and Fisher and Paykel Healthcare Tour


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

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

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



Pōwhiri/Welcome Ceremony 

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

(New Zealand Rooms 1&2)

  Opening Plenary Session
This opening plenary session will challenge the audience – What are the issues impacting on nurses, babies and families/whanau globally?  How can we work together to make a difference?
1600-1645 Carole Kenner
Global Neonatal Nursing-Leading and Teaming

Kerri Nuku

Global context–Neonatal nurses contribution in caring for  baby, whānau and wider community


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
(New Zealand Rooms 1&2)
0800-0835 COINN Welcome Ceremony and Nursing Awards (COINN & NNCA)


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:  

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. 


(New Zealand Room 1)

Baby 2
(New Zealand Room 2)
(Marlborough Room 2)
(Marlborough Room 1)
(Marlborough Room 3)


Wakako Eklund

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


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

Debbie O’Donoghue

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

Abbey Eeles

Handling techniques to conserve energy during care giving

Karen Walker 

COINN’s conference and work in Rwanda




Wakako Eklund

Evaluation of new thermal care recommended by NRP 7th edition


Margaret Broom

Advancing practice to reduce neonatal skin injuries through quality improvement

Hilary Lumsden

On uncertain ground: grandmothers on the NICU

Catherine Ringham

Feeding the system: nurses’ technology work in the NICU


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

Anne Dawbney

Neonatal nurse navigator - complex case presentation


Colette McIntyre

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


Matangaro Nanai

Lived experience of NICU: life on the other side

Kristin Hughes

Testing evacuation procedures provides impetus for change in practice

Amy Wright

Caring for indigenous families in the NICU: lessons from Canada



Justine Parsons

Neonatal organ donation : developing an Australian NICU clinical guideline

Karen New

Atopic eczema: assessment and early prevention strategies from birth

Lynne Wainwright

Impact of neonatal admission on the whole family including siblings

Donna Hovey

Transcutaneous Bilirubin meter usage, is it safe?

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


Marsha Campbell-Yeo 
Sustained Efficacy of Kangaroo Care for Repeated Painful NICU Procedures 

Karen New

Neonatal scalp skin injuries: clinical practice needs and parent education


Dustylee Williams

Opening the doors for families in special care nursery

Nancy Feeley

What NICU design is optimal for mothers well-being?


Kendall Stevenson

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




Marsha Campbell-Yeo 
Sustained Efficacy of Kangaroo Care: 18-Month Follow-Up 

Karen Lasby
Short-term outcomes for very-low-birth-weight infants: a retrospective study

Colette McIntyre
Butterfly meets hummingbird: An end of life collaboration

Paula Dellabarca

Effects of nursing care on cerebral oxygenation

Francesca Storey

Learning the Kaupapa: He Korowai Manaaki


Lunch - Sponsored by  

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


(New Zealand Room 1)


Nikki Turner

World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE)


Simon Rowley

Working with NICU Families - Retaining our Humanity



Afternoon Tea -  Sponsored by 

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

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 


 (New Zealand Room 1)


Dieter Wolke                                                                                                                      

Adult Outcome after Very Preterm Birth: Vulnerability and Resiliency                       

Speaker sponsored by:           


Abbey Eeles

Nurses as attachers - The Neonatal Nurses Expanded Role


Rachel Callander

The Impact of Language and Empowering Communication at Diagnosis 


Sessions conclude for the day

1730 - 1900

Sponsored Evening Symposium
Ms Terry S. Johnson & Ms Andi Markell
Evolution of Human Milk and the Implementation of an Exclusive Human Milk Diet for Premature Infants




Tuesday 7th May


(New Zealand Room 2)

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


(New Zealand Room 1)




Introduction and Housekeeping


Raylene Philips

The Neuroscience of Nurture in the NICU including maximising skin to skin


Joy Browne

Infant Mental Health in Intensive Care and Beyond

1000-1030 Gina Beecroft
It all P.O.I.N.T.S. in the Right Direction: NNCA Neonatal  nurse education programme for developing countries


Morning Tea

Concurrent Sessions: 

More abstract presentations from our global neonatal community



(New Zealand Room 1)

(New Zealand Room 2)

(Marlborough Room 2)
(Marlborough Room 1)
(Marlborough Room 3)


1100-1115 Mieko Uchida 

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

Nancy Feeley

Mothers of NICU infants at-risk for PTSD symptoms 


Angela Casey

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

Kim Psaila 

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

Amanda Hackett

Implementation of an integrated and collaborative nursing model of care


1115-1130   Lisa Kleinz 

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

Theresa H.M. Kim

Prevalence and predictors of PPD in mothers of NICU infants


Rihi Karena 

Engaging  effectively with patients and their families/whānau – the  key role of Te Hau Ranga Ora – Māori Health service at Whanganui Hospital

Karen Lasby

Rough seas ahead: the reality of feeding preemies post NICU

Agnes van den Hoogen

First survey on research priorities among NICU nurses globally


1130-1145 Sheeja Pathrose

Current practices for gastric residual aspiration in Australian neonatal units 

Marsha Campbell-Yeo

Systematic review on Perinatal mHealth Interventions for mothers in LMICs


Miki Konishi

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

Ida du Plessis-Faurie

Mothers’ experiences caring for preterm infants in resource poor communities

Ruth Davidge

Accreditation of neonatal services in Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa


1145-1200 Jann Foster

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

Lane Beaumont

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


Mayut Galeano

Expressive writing  reduce level stress in mothers of preterm infants


Julia Petty

Nursing knowledge in supporting parents of premature babies at home

Andre Ndayambaje

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


1200-1215 Nancy Feeley

Breast milk expression: what is the current evidence?

Shelley Reid

Getting 'Family Friendly'



Mary-Ellen Youseman

Facilitating Early Access to Breastmilk Through Staff and Parent Engagement

Jodie Watt

Parents experience's of transition from neonatal to paediatric services

Ruth Davidge

Essential Package of Neonatal Care in Kwa-Zulu Natal SA


1215-1230 Emma Malone
Cardiac surgery, feeding and developmental outcomes in infants (C-FAD STUDY)
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?

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

Ni Made Dewi Indrayani & Gillian Mibus

Work in Indonesia

Karen Walker, Zhu Lihui & Miki Konoshi
Neonatal nursing in China and Japan


Lunch - Sponsored by   



(New Zealand Room 1)


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

Rachel Friend - Mother of Reuben

Karen New - Global influences




 Afternoon Tea & Poster Presentations

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


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


(New Zealand Room 1)

(New Zealand Room 2)


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


Laura Bennet

Fetal hypoxia: the surprisingly tenacious preterm



Judith McAra 

Collaboration and communication between health professionals: a way to enhance care

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


(New Zealand Room 2)

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 


(New Zealand Room 1)




Introduction and Housekeeping


Margaret Alve 

Building strength and resilience

 0910-0950 Max Berry
EXTENDING fetal life; promises and pitfalls of the artificial placenta

Joy Browne

Update on Gravens Consensus Panel on Infant and Family Centered Developmental Care For Intensive Care, a quest for developing Standards and Recommended Best Practices 



Concurrent Sessions    

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



(New Zealand Room 1)


(New Zealand Room 2)

(Marlborough Room 2)

(Marlborough Room 1)
(Marlborough Room 3)



Tamara Nickerson  Kiwi in Paris

Marsha Campbell-Yeo 
Enhancing parental presence in the NICU: Parent and provider perceptions 

Rosemarie Batchelor

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

Bridget Moore

Enriching the care of patients and families in the NICU 

Carin Maree

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





1145-1200  Bianca Devsam

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

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

Amy Barker

Reflection, contemporary practice and the future of neonatal nursing 


Priya Govindaswamy

Knowledge to action translation: engaging families in a surgical NICU

Qiuxia (Sophia) Dong 

Kangaroo care in China






1200-1215 Marsha Campbell-Yeo 
Usability evaluation of a knowledge translation intervention for neonatal pain 
Shelley Reid

Parents’ perspectives on neonatal nurses and family centered care

Leanne Ehrlich

Graduate nurses in NICU-A successful transition to practice

Helene Anderson

Improving end of life care for indigenous Australian families in NICU

Anevilli Brown Purcell

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





1215-1230 Brianna Richardson

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

Megan Bater

PEDaL: training parents of preterm infants to support early development

Nancy Feeley
Parents’ experience of support in NICU single-family rooms

Donna Hovey

Partnering to improve outcomes for newborns in Papua New Guinea 

Karen New

Advancing clinical practice and research: industry funding and partnerships





1230-1240 10 Minute Break - Light refreshments available
Closing Plenary - Have your pen poised for some take home messages


Closing Plenary
(New Zealand Room 1)


Heidelise Als

NIDCAP, The Voice of the Newborn – Responsibility and Opportunity


Keelan Ransfield


Karen Walker

COINN Closing 


Closing karakia - Keelan Ransfield