Newsletters and Updates

The year that was and the year ahead ...

Achievements in 2011:

This was a very busy and productive year for NRAMP. The first half of 2011 saw NRAMP personnel travelling to foreign climes, including Madrid and Kuala Lumpur, to attend and present our work at strategic international conferences.

Local and national clinical meetings were also attended, with much interest, discussion and participant referrals ensuing. As a result, participant numbers increased by over 30 for the year, while our perinatal clinical network continued to expand.

In July, we staged the NRAMP Showcase Event, to which eminent guests from government, local councils, the medical profession and pharmaceutical companies were invited. A lively meeting saw the generation of much interest in our work and the subsequent offer to contribute to our funding resources.

Our first Participant Ambassador was warmly welcomed at this meeting, bringing a new understanding of life for women in this population group to a spellbound audience.

The NRAMP website was given a facelift and traffic increased across the year. Quarterly NRAMP Newsletters for Clinicians were compiled and disseminated around Australia, with subsequent queries and referrals directed to research personnel.

The remainder of 2011 continued with much participant and clinician activity.

Goals for 2012:

Our focus this year is to increase awareness of our work in the clinical scene, and to include consumer and carer contact through presentations aimed specifically at this community group.

Although the majority of referrals are made by clinical report, several participants have recently referred themselves to the study as a direct result of advertising in local papers and the posting of information at clinics, surgeries, hospitals and outreach facilities.

We continue our application for further funding throughout the year, to support our work and extend our influence in the perinatal field.

Increased funding would allow us to continue observations of children until they are five years old, which is the accepted ‘gold standard’ for studies involving children. This would allow for an extended dataset, analysis and informed evidence-based guidelines to direct clinicians, consumers and carers in this specific perinatal area.

The publication of pertinent articles in reputable scientific journals is also a must for this year.

We believe that healthy babies begin with healthy mothers, and will continue to provide support and advocacy to this vulnerable population cohort in an effort to improve the mental and physical health and wellbeing of future Australians.

We invite you to peruse our NRAMP Participant Newsletters, which provide a general overview of the study, plus selected information regarding pregnancy, parenting skills and useful contact details for various organisations which may be of assistance.
NRAMP Participant Newsletter, Issue 3, April 2012.pdf392.85 KB
Participant NRAMP Newsletter, Issue 2, January 2011.pdf383.57 KB
Participant NRAMP Newsletter Issue 1, April 2009 .pdf246.57 KB

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