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Neonatal meetings to focus on developmental outcomes.

Are we doing the right thing, keeping premature babies alive in intensive care? How much of our work is beneficial? How much damage are we causing? These questions are usually answered by looking at developmental outcomes, thus the wisdom of hindsight assists us in guiding future practice.

Joint conference days

The annual Neonatal Nurses' Association of New Zealand (NZANN) annual conference is being held in Wellington in September, with the theme The Amazing Newborn. The association is joining the Perinatal Society of New Zealand and holding their two conference days together. The theme for the society's meeting is Multi-disciplinary Care of the Newborn and the overall theme of the combined conference days is developmental outcomes.

Guest speakers include professor at the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Lex Doyle, and Noel French from the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth. Each will present different viewpoints on developmental outcomes.

A multi-disciplinary approach will be taken and a range of aspects will be looked at, with particular interest in developmental outcomes. Topics will also include the Brainwave Trust, use of EEG monitoring, postnatal depression, sudden unexplained infant death, speech language therapy, fertility treatment, infant mental health and language interpretation. A multidisciplinary approach to storytelling will include a nursing model, a medical model, photography, a case study and a parents' perspective, giving a wide-angle lens approach.

Abstracts have been received and a series of breakout sessions will provide a selection of other current clinical topics.

The NZANN AGM will focus on the association's rapid progress to NZNO college status, and will be followed by a cocktail party.

The two conference days (NZANN's is on September 13 and the society's is on September 15) will be linked by the Eric Burnard Memorial Charitable Trust Day (September 14), titled "Decision making at the margins of viability".

Neonatal intensive care units are often in the media, with a range of ethical dilemmas being highlighted. It is important to keep up to date with research and experience on these matters. At this year's conference days, we hope to provide some dialogue, debate and direction.

The three days will be busy, providing a wealth of input, with a particular focus on what we are all trying to achieve--good developmental outcomes.

Report by NZANN committee member, Mark Henderwood
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Author:Henderwood, Mark
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Date:Jul 1, 2006
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