Professor Margo Pritchard - Nat Sch of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Faculty of Health Sciences)

Fully accredited supervisor - Can supervise as principal supervisor

Professor Margo Pritchard (RN,RM,ANNN,PhD) is the Jackman Chair of Neonatal Nursing at ACU and has had extensive experience in Neonatal Intensive Care high risk paediatric nursing care and infant follow up. Her main area of research is in understanding early life neuro-rehabilitation, including screening and surveillance, acute respiratory management and longitudinal family and infant psychology and health outcomes. Professor Pritchard also has broad expertise in quantitative research, particularly diagnostic screening, longitudinal outcomes and RCT.


Phone :07 31636845 (Brisbane)
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Research Interests

Neonate ; Neuro development ; Mental Health ; Health Services Research ; Diagnostic screening ; Maternal Health ; Parenting ;

Methods Expertise

Randomised Control Trials ; Screening test characteristics ; Qualitative ; Analysis of longitudinal data ;

Research Projects

Seeking Applications

  • Diagnostic accuracy of The Ages & Stages QuestionnairesA?: Social-Emotional, Second Edition (ASQ:SE-2) in a cross-sectional cohort of children born preterm (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)
  • APPropriate surveillance for child development and mental health in high risk children (PhD) (Principal Supervisor)

Selected Publications


Early maternal reflective functioning and infant emotional regulation in a preterm infant sample at 6 months corrected age, in Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Outcomes of two trials of oxygen saturation targets in preterm infants, in New England Journal of Medicine

Autism in toddlers born very preterm, in Pediatrics


Prem Baby Triple P: A randomised controlled trial of enhanced parenting capacity to improve developmental outcomes in preterm infants, in BMC Pediatrics

The effect of maternal depression, anxiety, and perceived stress during pregnancy on preterm birth: A systematic review, in Clinical Psychology Review


School-age outcomes of very preterm infants after antenatal treatment with magnesium sulfate vs placebo, in Journal of the American Medical Association.


Risk determinants in early intervention use during the first postnatal year in children born very preterm, in BMC Pediatrics

Oxygen saturation and outcomes in preterm infants, The BOOST II United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand Collaborative Groups, in New England Journal of Medicine

High-flow nasal cannulae vs. nasal CPAP for post-extubation respiratory support of very preterm infants: A multicenter, randomized non-inferiority trial, in New England Journal of Medicine


Six-week postnatal depression predicts parenting stress profiles in mothers of preterm children, in Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology

Review of clinical trials, in Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews

Planned vaginal birth or elective repeat caesarean: Patient preference restricted cohort with nested randomised trial, in PLOS Medicine


Effects of prophylactic indomethacin in extremely low-birth-weight infants with and without adequate exposure to antenatal corticosteroids, in JAMA Pediatrics

Whole-body hypothermia for term and near-term newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy: a randomized controlled trial, in JAMA Pediatrics

Treatment of neonatal sepsis with intravenous immune globulin, in New England Journal of Medicine (print version)


Effect of DHA supplementation during pregnancy on maternal depression and neurodevelopment of young children: a randomized controlled trial, in Journal of the American Medical Association.

Historic legislation for Nurse Practitioners and Midwives: Recognised potential in health reform, in Neonatal, Paediatric and Child Health Nursing (print version)