Professor Sandie Bredemeyer OAM


Clinical Associate Professor
RN RM PhD Sydney, FCN


Sandie is a registered nurse and midwife with 35 years experience with a background in newborn care, paediatric nursing and midwifery. She joined the faculty in the mid-1990s as a clinical lecturer.

Sandie is Clinical Nurse Consultant, Perinatal Nursing – Neonatal Intensive Care, at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Her clinical practice and research interests centre on the management of high-risk newborns and their families.

Areas of expertise

Her special areas of interest include ethics; neonatal respiratory physiology; prevention of nosocomial infection in the NICU; infant nutrition; individualised developmental care and using research in practice.

Areas of research and teaching supervision

Sandie has provided clinical supervision for four registered nurses preparing to authorise as Nurse Practitioners (neonatal) in NSW.

Her research projects include The Acoustic environment of the NICU: a noise reduction project and Use of chlorhexidine as a topical antiseptic for the prevention of nosocomial infection in premature neonates less than 29 weeks: a blinded randomised controlled trial.

Research grants

2006

University of Sydney Faculty Grant Scheme. Bredemeyer SL & Dixon L, Acoustic environment of the NICU: a noise reduction project, $17,000

2005

University of Sydney Research and Development Scheme Early Career Researcher. Bredemeyer SL, Polverino J, Beeby P & West S, Transcutaneous measurement of jaundice in the newborn: an evaluation of clinical accuracy in preterm infants. $47,801

NSW Health Nurse Strategy Reserve Funding. Ryan M & Bredemeyer SL, Production of SIDS Reduce the Risk for Midwives CD-Rom $30,000

2004

Nurses and Midwives Registration Board (NSW). Bredemeyer SL, Carman E, Evans N and Reid S, Use of chlorhexidine as a topical antiseptic for the prevention of nosocomial infection in premature neonates less than 29 weeks: a blinded randomised controlled trial. $12,000

Publications (2000–2008)

Bredemeyer SL, Reid S, Polverino J & Wocadlo C (2009) Implementation and evaluation of an individualised care programme in a neonatal intensive care unit. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 13(4): 281-91.

Bredemeyer SL (2008) Infant nutrition, neonatal nurses and the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. News from ANN. 21 (1), 2-4.

Bredemeyer SL, Polverino J & Beeby PJ (2007) Assessment of jaundice in the term infant: accuracy of transcutaneous bilirubinometers compared with serum bilirubin levels. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 10 (1), 5-12.

Bredemeyer SL & Polverino J (2006) Assessment of jaundice in the term infant – a clinical challenge: part 1. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 9 (3), 15-20.

Ryan M & Bredemeyer SL (2005) Health Promotion DVD: Prevention of SIDS. Sydney: RPA Women and Babies.

Bredemeyer SL (2006) CNC Column An opinion piece: The registered nurse and post graduate study. News from ANN 19 (1), 2-4.

Dawson J, Nash J, Morritt ML, Bredemeyer SL, Spence K, Kinross D, Kite F, Lindrea KB & Powell J (2005) Measuring quality use of medications in neonatal intensive care units. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 8 (3), 12-18.

Bredemeyer SL, Reid S & Wallace M (2005) Thermal management for premature births. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 52 (5), 482-489.

Bredemeyer SL & Ester Carman (2005) Nosocomial infection and use of topical antiseptics in the extremely preterm infant. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 8 (1), 24-28.

Bredemeyer SL (2004) Implementation of the SIDS guidelines – role of the midwife. Australian Midwifery Journal, 17 (4), 17-21.

Bredemeyer SL & Henderson-Smart D (2004) Body position and recurrent apnoea in the preterm infant. (Protocol). In The Cochrane Library, Issue 4. Oxford: Update Software.

Bredemeyer SL (2004) Implementation of the SIDS guidelines in the special care nursery. News from ANN, 17 (1), 4-6.

Bredemeyer SL, Smith J, Osborn DA, Reid S & Evans N (2001) Audit of a small baby protocol for infants < 26 weeks gestation. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 4 (1), 10-15.

Bredemeyer SL & Foster K (2001) Multidisciplinary perinatal skills training for Macedonia. Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing, 4 (1) 20-22.

Bredemeyer SL, et al. (2001) NSW Neonatal Clinical Nurse Consultant Network. The Neonatal Clinical Nurse Consultant Role: A profile based measurement of components of practice. Journal of Neonatal Nursing, 7 (5) 154-158.

Evans N, Kuschel C, Bredemeyer SL, Askie L, Polverino J & Nash J (2000) A randomised control trial of enteral feeding volumes in infants less than 30 weeks gestation. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, (36) 6, 581-586.

Osborn D, Jeffery H, Bredemeyer SL, Polverino J & Reid S (2000) Targeted early rescue surfactant in ventilated preterm infants using the click test. Pediatrics, 106 (3) 1-6.

Amis T, Bredemeyer S, Byrne M, Catt J, Chen JH, Green B, et al. (2000) Recent advances in the design and performance of research assistants. Redox Report, 6 (4), 215–217.

Conference presentations/Workshop facilitation (2004–2008)

Invited speaker *
2009

Charles Sturt University, *Neonatal (level 3) Clinical Practice Day, Invited Facilitator – 8 hour workshop

2008

Charles Sturt University, *Neonatal (level 3) Clinical Practice Day, Invited Facilitator – 8 hour workshop

2007

Australian Resuscitation Council *International Conference Gold Coast, Do preterm babies need polyethylene wrap for thermal management at birth? Jandera G, Mumford P & Bredemeyer SL. Use of human donor milk for high risk infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. RPA Women and Babies Inaugural High Risk Midwifery Conference, Sydney 2007

Bredemeyer S, Ryan M & Desreaux C. Safe sleeping & the prevention of SIDS: role of the midwife. (Poster) Association of Neonatal Nurses of NSW 18th Annual Conference, Sydney

Bredemeyer S, Polverino J, Beeby P, West S. Transcutaneous measurement of jaundice in the newborn: An evaluation of clinical accuracy in preterm infants. Association of Neonatal Nurses of NSW 18th Annual Conference, Sydney

Jandera G, Mumford P & Bredemeyer SL. Use of human donor milk for high risk infants in the neonatal intensive care unit. Association of Neonatal Nurses of NSW 18th Annual Conference, Sydney

2006

Coffs Harbour Health Campus *North Coast Area Health Service, Neonatal (level 3) Clinical Practice Day, Invited Facilitator – 8 hour workshop

Cell to Society 5, University of Sydney, College of Health Sciences Conference Leura, Bredemeyer SL, Carman E, Evans N & Reid S. Use of chlorhexidine as a topical antiseptic in the premature infant less than 29 weeks: a blinded RCT

RPA Inaugural Neurosciences Day *, Kerry Packer Education Centre RPAH Sydney, IVH in the Preterm infant: aetiology and management

Bredemeyer SL & Carman E. Informed consent in perinatal research. 17th Annual Conference Association of Neonatal Nurses (NSW) Rydges North Sydney

Ryan M & Bredemeyer SL. Poster presentation (1st prize) SIDS guidelines – role of the midwife. 17th Annual Conference Association of Neonatal Nurses (NSW) Rydges North Sydney

SSWAHS Advanced Practice Nurses Forum *, Clinical Nurse Consultants & Nurse Practitioners, Nursing Challenges for the Future and Now, Kerry Packer Education Centre RPAH Sydney. The NSW Neonatal CNC Network: a collaborative practice model

Nepean Midwives Conference *, The Sebel Resort Richmond, Prevention of SIDS

2005

Australian College of Midwives International Congress Brisbane, Evaluation of transcutaneous bilirubinometers: do they improve midwifery practice?

2004

SSWAHS Advanced Practice Nurses Forum *, Clinical Nurse Consultants & Nurse Practitioners, Change for the changers, Broadening your horizons

Drager IMPACT Clinical Practice Seminar * – key note presentation, Evaluation of transcutaneous bilirubinometers: do they improve midwifery Wyeth Clinical Meeting Rose Hill Conference Centre Sydney *, Management of Procedural Pain in the premature infant

Association of Neonatal Nurses (NSW) Clinical Practice Day Coffs Harbour Pain management in the special care nursery*


Sandie Bredemeyer and Ester Carman, Use of chlorhexidine as a topical antiseptic in the extremely preterm infant: a literature review, 15th Annual Conference of the Association of Neonatal Nurses, Sydney

Paediatric Research Seminar Westmead Children’s Hospital *, Positioning the neonate: application of research to practice

Association of Neonatal Nurses (NSW) Clinical Practice Day *, Wagga Wagga, Sandie Bredemeyer and Jan Polverino, Jaundice screening and management in the term infant

Jan Polverino and Sandie Bredemeyer, NSW Lactation College Annual Conference *, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and feeding the newborn

Sandie Bredemeyer & Jan Polverino, Transcutaneous Bilirubinometers: do they improve practice? Annual State Conference of the NSW Midwives Association Women, Wine and Song

Jan Polverino & Sandie Bredemeyer, Alleviating pain and discomfort from procedures in the special care nursery, Annual State Conference of the NSW Midwives Association Women, Wine and Song

Sandie Bredemeyer & Ester Carman, Use of chlorhexidine as a topical antiseptic in the premature infant: a literature review 15th Annual Conference of the Association of Neonatal Nurses NSW, Bébés sans Frontières

Morrit MLM, Bredemeyer SL et al. NSW Neonatal Clinical Nurse Consultant Network Measuring the quality use of medication (QUM) in neonatal intensive care units (poster), 2nd Australasian Conference on Safety and Quality in Health Care Canberra

Sandie Bredemeyer, Shelley Reid and Michele Wallace, Thermal management at birth of the infant less than 30 weeks gestation (poster), 2nd Australasian Conference on Safety and Quality in Health Care Canberra

Georgina Jandera, Trish Mumford, Sandie Bredemeyer and Shelley Reid, Evaluation of a lactation support service in a NICU. 5th International Neonatal Nursing Conference Ottawa Canada

Sandie Bredemeyer and Jan Polverino, Transcutaneous bilirubinometers: do they improve practice? 11th Annual Professional Practice Day Garvan Medical Institute Sydney

Sandie Bredemeyer, Shelley Reid and Michele Wallace, Thermal management at birth of the infant less than 30 weeks gestation. 11th Annual Professional Practice Day Garvan Medical Institute Sydney

Community work

Sandie is interested in Bush Regeneration but has been less involved over last few years. She is active in fund raising activities for RPA Newborn Care.