Professor Margo Pritchard has been appointed to the position of Jackman Professor of Neonatal Nursing, which is funded by Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Mater Health Services in Brisbane.
Professor Pritchard has extensive nursing and midwifery experience and is well known in the area of perinatal research.
Following completion of her Doctorate titled “Optimising Very Preterm Infant Outcomes (OPIO): an evidence based targeted screening and surveillance method”, Professor Pritchard has contributed to multiple peer reviewed publications, has been the chief investigator of randomised controlled trials and collaborated on several international studies.
Professor Pritchard was the first Invited Neonatal Nursing Fellow of Queens University Belfast, and has held numerous elected and professional positions.
Currently Professor Pritchard holds honorary positions including Research Fellow, The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research; Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Health and Life Sciences at Queen's University Belfast; and is the Distinguished Visiting Professor, Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto, Canada.
Professor Pritchard said she was delighted to be appointed as the first Jackman Professor of Neonatal Nursing.
“It is an absolute privilege to be appointed to this new role and I am looking forward to working with the whole team to achieve some exceptional outcomes in identifying the most effective ways of managing critically ill infants and their families.”
The Jackman Professor of Neonatal Nursing was established following a $1 million donation to Mater Foundation from Gold Coast businessman, Terry Jackman, to set up a position in neonatal nursing at Mater. ACU also contributes to the position.