Friday Fast Five meet - Larissa Korostenski

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 Larissa Korostenski, neonatologist and NIDCAP Trainee.

Where do you work and what is your role?

I am a Neonatologist working in NICU at John Hunter Children’s Hospital. I am the medical lead of the follow up group and am actively involved in the coordination and delivery of developmental services to infants born at high risk across the Hunter Health District.

What made you decide to undertake NIDCAP training?

I am passionate about improving the outcome of infants and after completing FINE 1 and 2 had a deeper understanding of  the importance of the impact in the way we respond and care for infants in the NICU has. 

In your opinion, how does NIDCAP potentially benefit neonates, families and staff? 

It encourages collaboration across the healthcare team and with infants and their families to support their immediate and longer-term outcomes. 

What are you hoping to achieve personally and professionally by completing NIDCAP training?

I wanted to increase my training to provide supportive, neurodevelopmental care to the inpatients in the unit with a focus on decreasing their stress, empowering staff and families, and improving outcomes.

How do you anticipate you will incorporate NIDCAP within your clinical setting and role?

By completing NIDCAP training I hope to achieve this and imbed it into our unit to support infants through the journey in NICU. 

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