Planned Early Birth and its Consequences Event as iCalendar

27 June 2017

12:30 - 1:30pm

Venue: Liggins Institute – Room 505-003

Location: 85 Park Road, Grafton, Auckland

Cost: Free

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Professor Jonathan Morris

Speaker: Professor Jonathan Morris

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology & Director of the Kolling Institute
Director of Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Sydney
President of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand

The past two decades has seen changes in maternity care that have resulted in births occurring at earlier gestations. In NSW in Australia nearly 1 in 4 pregnancies end with planned birth prior to the due date. There has been an increase in preterm birth as a result of increased intervention in the belief that birth carries less risk for the mother and/or the baby than continuing the pregnancy. The trends and explanations of these practices as well as their consequences challenge all healthcare workers providing care in the pregnancy and newborn period to consider how to ensure the best start to life.

About the speaker: Professor Jonathan Morris graduated MB ChB from Edinburgh University, completed his specialist training in Australia, his PhD studies in Oxford and returned to Australia where he is currently the Director of Research at the NSLHD and Kolling Institute which unites research and education with patient care and community wellbeing; He is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist with an active clinical role in the management of women with high risk pregnancies. He leads a research team that spans biomedical discovery research to health service research. His work addresses the prediction, prevention and management of pregnancy complications. He has a keen interest in improving patient care, health service efficiency and enabling research through the use of data.