The 2015 Kaarene Fitzgerald Annual Public Forum

Professor Ed Mitchell of the University of Auckland and Professor Jeanine Young of the University of the Sunshine Coast will be the speakers for the 2015 Kaarene Fitzgerald Public Forum in Melbourne on 7 December 2015.

Professor Mitchell will present two talks: Left is right: Should we advise pregnant women to sleep on the left?’ and ‘Hot off the press: Recent advances in SUDI research, and Professor Young will speak on Safe Sleep Advice to Safe Sleep Action: enabling safe infant sleep through delivery of culturally competent care for high risk Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in urban, regional and remote Queensland.’

The Public Forum will be held in Lecture Theatre 1 at Monash Medical Centre, 246 Clayton Road, Clayton, Victoria on Monday 7 December from 7:00-9:00 pm. Admission is free. Parking is available in the public carpark off Clayton Road.

To register your attendance or for further information email Lisieux Jones at or call 03 9594 5145.

More about the speakers

Professor Ed Mitchell qualified at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London and has worked in the UK, Zambia and New Zealand. From 2001 he has been the Cure Kids Professor of Child Health Research at the University of Auckland. He has published almost 400 original papers, particularly on the epidemiology of asthma and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). He was awarded a Doctor of Science for his work on “The Epidemiology and Prevention of SIDS” by the University of London. He has received several awards for his landmark studies of SIDS and in 2009 was made a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Ed directed the New Zealand Cot Death Study from 1987-1990; the New Zealand SIDS Prevention Study from 1991-1993 and the SUDI Nationwide Study from 2012-2015. He has been an advisor to many countries on SIDS prevention and was elected President to the International Society for the Study and Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death [ISPID] in 2008.

Professor Jeanine Young, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, University of the Sunshine Coast, is a registered nurse, midwife and neonatal nurse with adjunct positions at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Griffith University, University of Queensland and Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service.

Jeanine has a special interest in infant care practices, breastfeeding, safe infant sleeping and culturally appropriate ways to support reductions in infant mortality. Jeanine was Chair of the SIDS and Kids National Scientific Advisory Group from 2008 – 2015, and remains a current member. She works closely with SIDS and Kids to ensure infant sleeping recommendations are evidence-based and was asked by SIDS and Kids to launch the 2012 ‘Sleep Safe, My Baby’ public health campaign.

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