Newborn Care Centre (NCC) Team

Prof Kei Lui
Prof Kei Lui
MBBS (UNSW) MD FRACP

Professor Kei Lui is the Medical Clinical Co-Director, Neonatal Services Division. Outside the Royal Hospital for Women, Local Health District and State Wide Forums, he has substantial management and leadership roles in the Australian and New Zealand Neonatal Network and the iNEO International Neonatal Network on clinical practice improvement initiatives.  

Prof Lui is an UNSW clinical academic appointed in the School of Women’s and Children’s Health. His areas of research interest include neonatal outcomes, neonatal epidemiology and clinical trials. He is currently supervising a number of PhD students and is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training.

Sally Wise
Sally Wise
RN, RM, NICU Cert., Grad Dip Nrsg Mgmt

Mrs Wise is the Nursing Clinical Co-Director, Neonatal Services Division and works closely with Professor Lui on the strategic management of the Newborn Care Centre.  Within this role she oversees the overall function and forward planning of the unit.
She represents the Royal Hospital for Women in Local Health District and State Wide Forums.

Srinivas Bolisetty
Srinivas Bolisetty
MBBS, MD, FRACP

Dr. Bolisetty is the Lead Clinician, Newborn Care Centre and a senior neonatologist.
His areas of neonatal interest include neonatal outcomes, neonatal epidemiology, nutrition, quality improvement, clinical protocol and policy development.  
Dr Bolisetty chairs a number of state, national and international Quality Improvement projects including Parenteral Nutrition Group, Neonatal Medicines Formulary (NMF) consensus group

Ju Lee Oei
Ju Lee Oei
FRACP, MD

Ju Lee Oei is a senior neonatologist and Conjoint Professor in Paediatrics at the School of Women’s and Children’s Health, University of NSW.
She is also Honorary Associate Professor at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney, and Research Associate at the Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics, University of Sydney, and Research Associate at the Ingham Institute for Applied Research, Liverpool, Australia and Visiting Professor to the University of Malaya, Malaysia and the Northwest University, Shanxi Province, China. Since 2009, she continues as a Chair of the Perinatal Substance Use Special Interest Group of PSANZ.
Her main research interests are in the use of oxygen in newborn resuscitation, perinatal substance use disorders and neonatal epidemiology. She has research collaborations with >20 countries, 76 publications in peer reviewed journals, a reviewer for 46 international journals and is an invited member of the Grant Review Panel of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia.

John Smyth
John Smyth
MBChB, FRACP FRCPCH

Dr. Smyth is a senior neonatologist. He worked in both paediatrics and neonatology in New Zealand and the United Kingdom for 17 years before joining the team in the Newborn Care Centre.  
He has travelled around the world and his areas of interest include EEG monitoring, neonatal ventilation, palliative care, infection control and education.

Meredith Ward
Meredith Ward
MBBS, FRACP

Dr Meredith Ward is a senior neonatologist. Her clinical interests include supporting parental involvement in their child’s care, through the Family Integrated Care program, optimising neurodevelopmental aspects of neonatal intensive care for both term and preterm infants, optimising perioperative care of the sick neonate, and long term management of infants affected by maternal substance use during pregnancy.
Dr Ward’s research interests include the study of endogenous neural stem cells as a potential therapy for newborn brain injury.

Parag Mishra
Parag Mishra
MBBS, MD, FRACP

Dr. Parag Mishra is a senior neonatologist who has been working for more than 10 years at the Royal Hospital for Women.  
His area of neonatal interest includes neonatal ventilation and resuscitation, resident training and education, medical student education and that is only a few of his comprehensive list of favourite topics. He is involved with recruitment and selection of neonatal trainees.

Tim Schindler
Tim Schindler
MBBS, FRACP, PHd

Dr. Schindler is a neonatologist.  He commenced paediatric training at Sydney Children's Hospital before moving down the corridor to pursue his interest in neonatal medicine.
He has worked in the Royal Hospital for Women's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at every level from junior resident to consultant neonatologist. His areas of interest include bedside ultrasound, teaching and neonatal research.
Dr. Schindler has recently completed a PhD investigating new ways to measure brain blood flow using ultrasound in babies that are critically unwell and at risk of neurological harm. 

Lee Sutton
Lee Sutton
FRACP

Dr. Sutton is the Developmental Paediatrician in the Newborn Care Centre.  She has held this position for the past 24 years, and is truly dedicated.  
She oversees the Growth and Development Clinic, which operates 2 days/week and sees more than 400 infants and children per year. The team consists of Lee, a clinical psychologist and physiotherapist.
The clinic provides follow-up data for the state wide Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Data Collection. Lee uses the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development for developmental assessments.  Her areas of interest include long term neurodevelopmental outcomes, the effects of SGA on outcome and neonatal epidemiology.

Joanne Blaeck
Joanne Blaeck
RN, SCN Cert, NICU Cert, Post Grad Clinical Leadership

Joanne Blaeck is the Nurse Unit Manager, Newborn Care Centre.  Jo is responsible for the co-ordination of patient services, unit and staff management.
She works closely with all of the Neonatal team members and is excited to be part of the forward planning of the unit.  She has a keen interest in surgical cases and is a strong advocate for empowering nurses in their professionalism and education.

Kwee Bee Lindrea
Kwee Bee Lindrea
RN, RM, NICU Cert., Ba Hlth Sc Nrsg and Ma Edu (Adult)

Ms. Lindrea has been the Clinical Nurse Consultant for many years.  She is responsible for many of the clinical practices including nursing policies/ procedures and protocol development.
She has a strong passion in nursing education and training, both in-house, the Local Health District and overseas.  She is also a trained Neoresus Facilitator.   She has a keen interest in quality improvement projects related to neonatal care in particular central line management.  

Alyson Ottaway
Alyson Ottaway
RN, BSc (Hons) Children's Nrsg, PG Cert P

Aly is the Nurse Educator for the Newborn Care Centre. She works closely with Eszter and Susan on education programmes within the unit and Hospital for student nurses and midwives including the new graduate programme and orientation programme.
Aly also meets with Nurse Educators across NSW to assist in planning regional education programmes.  As a qualified paediatric nurse from the U.K. Aly has special interest in post term infants as well as in NAVA ventilation, developmental care and palliative care.
Aly is also working towards becoming a fully trained counsellor.

Susan Walsh
Susan Walsh
RN, Grad Cert in NICU Nrsg, IBCLC. and Ma Edu (Adult)

Susan Walsh is the Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) working together with Aly Ottaway and Eszter Jozsa in the planning and co-ordination of the education programme within the unit.  This includes the New Graduate Nurse programme which supports the transition of newly graduated RN’s into the NCC environment.  
She is also a trained Neoresus Facilitator and a qualified lactation consultant.

Eszter Jozsa
Eszter Jozsa
RN, Grad Cert in NICU Nrsg, MAppMgt(Nurs), IBCLC

Acting Nurse Educator. Together with Susan Walsh, they are responsible for the planning and co-ordination of the education programme within the unit.
This includes the New Graduate Nurse programme which supports the transition of newly graduated RN’s into the Newborn Care Centre environment. 

Joanna Michalowski
Joanna Michalowski
RN

Joanna Michalowski is a research co-ordinator and a Clinical Nurse Specialist.  She is often a Team Leader in Newborn Intensive Care and sometimes has patient-care but more importantly, she is responsible for co-ordinating the unit’s research projects and multicentre trials.
Jo has a leading role in fundraising and was the chairperson with organising the Newborn Care Centre’s charity ball called `Bubbles for Babies Ball', 2016.

Diane Cameron
Diane Cameron
RN, RM, Grad Cert (Lactation & Infant Feeding)

Diane is a Clinical Nurse Specialist responsible for the day to day co-ordination and management of the NICUS data collection including data retrieval from the NICUS database for medical and nursing staff undertaking clinical research.  
She is an important member of the Newborn Care team especially in providing training and support on NICUS database for all medical and nursing staff. Her role also includes co-ordinating the Growth and Development Clinic.

Denise McKeveney
Denise McKeveney

As Personal Assistant, Denise provides secretarial assistance to the Clinical Co-Directors.  
She ensures they are always informed of their scheduled appointments, and is known as “the gateway to the Co-Directors”.  Denise is immensely resourceful and is known for her patience under pressure. 

Christine Rodrigues
Christine Rodrigues

Christine is a secretary in the Department of Newborn Care.  She provides secretarial support to the five neonatologists, as well as organise the day-to-day running of the Growth and Development Clinic.  
She assists all the medical staff with their daily administrative enquiries and is an asset to the Newborn Care Centre with her clerical expertise.