Watch Me Grow Preterm

Project type/s Clinical trial, Basic Science
Project status Planning/Submitted for approvals

Every year, 96% of 10000 neonates born with serious health conditions, that are cared for in Australian/New Zealand Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) survive to discharge. Whilst many of these children do well, they are at a high risk for a spectrum of neurodevelopmental and mental health concerns. Children born very preterm are the largest and most vulnerable group of NICU survivors. Over 25000 very preterm survivors, aged birth to seven years, require vigilant assessment and early intervention surveillance to optimise their educational and social trajectories.
However, current surveillance systems are undermined by parental-disengagement and health-resources factors and not meeting this need. Currently 40% to 70% of very preterm children require special education support yet more than half have not received effective surveillance or early intervention as infant-toddlers, even in the presence of disability. Internet technologies have introduced new opportunities to addresses this mismatch and better support children, families and clinicians.

Team Members

  • Prof Margo Pritchard - Team Role: Principal Investigator
  • Elizabeth Hurrion - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Helen Haydon - Team Role: Co-Investigator
  • Honey Heussler - Team Role: Co-Investigator