2023 PSANZ Congress

Medela are proud sponsors of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand Congress, where in Breakfast Session 4 their International guest Dr Diane Spatz will be presenting. Her session, A Call to Action: Improving Human Milk & Breastfeeding Outcomes by Prioritizing Effective Initiation of Lactation will discuss, among other things, lactation physiology and risk mitigation to effectively help families.

The Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) is a multidisciplinary society dedicated to improving the health and long term outcomes for mothers and their babies. PSANZ encompasses and strongly encourages research focused on mothers and babies during pregnancy and at birth as well as the health of the newborn as its development continues after birth.

The PZANZ 2023 Congress will take place from the 5th - 8th March at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme for the meeting is 'Laneways to Better Perinatal Outcomes'.

"On behalf of the local organising committee and the PSANZ Board, I am delighted to share that we have been very busy behind the scenes in preparation for the 2023 PSANZ annual congress in Melbourne, Victoria.  

Inspired by the vibrancy and architecture of Melbourne, and the diversity and breadth of the pathways we all walk as we strive to improve care and outcomes for women and their babies, our theme, “Laneways to Better Perinatal Outcomes” aims to take you on a journey of innovative perinatal research and care. We promise there will be something for every single member of PSANZ at the congress!"

On behalf of the LOC, Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck

Chair, PSANZ 2023 Melbourne. 

Medela Sponsored Breakfast Session Four

Speaker: Dr Diane Spatz PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

A Call to Action: Improving Human Milk & Breastfeeding Outcomes by Prioritizing Effective Initiation of Lactation

Worldwide breastfeeding rates remain suboptimal with less than 40% of infants globally receiving exclusive human milk for the first six months. The AAP position statement states that implicit bias, structural racism, and structural bias must be addressed to eliminate disparities to improve human milk and breastfeeding outcomes. In order to increase exclusive human milk rates at 6 months, we need to have a sense of urgency about milk supply in the first hours after birth, the first 3 to 5 days, the first week and the first two weeks. Data is clear that if we do not have a robust milk supply early-on, we will never be able to increase exclusive human milk and breastfeeding rates at 6 months. This is your call to action! Each day in your clinical practice and in your professional roles, we need you to prioritize informed decision making and establishment of milk supply. 

Learning objectives

  • Understand how lactation physiology in the transition from pregnancy to the early postpartum period can be impacted by antenatal risk factors.
  • Discuss how birth and infant factors may impact effective coming to volume.
  • Share the evidence for a proactive approach to mitigate risk and effectively help families come to full volume.

To register for this event and see what other opportunies there are at the PSANZ Congress, click here.

About Dr. Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Dr Diane L. Spatz is a Professor of Perinatal Nursing & the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania, sharing a joint appointment at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a Nurse Scientist in Lactation in the Center for Pediatric Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice.

Dr. Spatz was recruited to CHOP to develop a comprehensive system wide lactation program in 2001 & Mothers’ Milk Bank in 2014. Internationally recognized for her work on the use of human milk and breastfeeding, Dr Spatz has been PI or co-investigator on over 70 research grants, including several from the NIH. She has authored and co-authored over 210 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters as well as position statements for many professional organizations.

Dr Spatz was the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Neonatal Nurses and AWHONN’s Distinguished Researcher Award, 2019. Dr Spatz is Past Chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on Breastfeeding and their representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee.