Friday Fast Five - meet Hannah Dalrymple

In our Friday Fast Five series we interview individuals associated with the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre based at Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care and the broader NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) community, asking them five questions that explore their association with our unit and NIDCAP. This month, meet Hannah Dalrymple, neonatologist and NIDCAP Trainee.

Where do you work and what is your role? I am a Staff Specialist neonatologist at The Grace Centre for Newborn Care at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

What made you decide to undertake NIDCAP training? I am passionate about optimising the long term outcomes of the babies and families that we care for and am particularly interested in the intersection between neurodevelopmental outcomes, family centred care and medical management. After completing FINE 2 I was keen to improve my ability to individualise neurodevelopmental interventions and extend my skills in communicating with families regarding optimisation of development.   

In your opinion, how does NIDCAP potentially benefit neonates, families and staff? NIDCAP empowers staff and families to understand and tailor care for the individual baby in front of them. This benefits the baby by allowing them to receive appropriately directed care that optimises their neurophysiological status and ultimately their long term outcomes. NIDCAP encourages family and newborn centred care and allows staff to provide high quality evidence based care which ultimately leads to improved outcomes and satisfaction. 

What are you hoping to achieve personally and professionally by completing NIDCAP training? I hope to improve my knowledge and skills in provided individualised neurodevelopmental care, hopefully moving from identification of issues and offering standard interventions to truly integrating the individual needs of a particular baby with the interventions that will optimise their care and outcome. I hope to integrate this learning into providing acute clinical care, long term neurodevelopmental follow up and into my research portfolio in the future.  

 How do you anticipate you will incorporate NIDCAP within your clinical setting and role? As a neonatologist in a NIDCAP training unit I will assist with the multidisciplinary provision of neurodevelopmental care on a weekly basis through our developmental care round, as well as when on clinical service. I will endeavour to engage my colleagues in the neurodevelopmental care that the unit provides and aim to further the scientific literature around the benefits of neurodevelopmental care in the future.

Editor's note: The views of individuals do not represent the view of the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre.