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International Program on Preterm Nutrition: IPPN

Preterm infants have high nutritional needs during the neonatal period. Optimal nutrition during this period is the key to improving survival and promoting growth and development.

Healthcare professionals involved in preterm care are ideally placed to optimise nutrition, closely monitor nutritional status and advocate the utilisation of appropriate nutritional interventions.

The International Program on Preterm Nutrition (IPPN) is an educational initiative brought to you by the University of Western Australia (UWA) in association with King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women (KEMH). This exclusive programme is designed to function as the perfect platform for sharing views and knowledge on preterm nutrition through online modules.

The uniqueness of this programme lies in the fact that it engages participants with the latest updates for strengthening preterm care with recommendations on preterm nutrition. Engaging topics for enteral feeding patterns, parenteral nutrition, supporting breastfeeding in preterm and monitoring the growth parameters with developmental milestones in neonatal intensive care unit and after discharge are some highlights of the programme.

The IPPN is suited for all healthcare professionals and allied healthcare professionals who are engaged with managing preterm infants, including neonatologists, paediatricians, neonatal nurses and dieticians.

The programme aims to:

  • Expand the knowledge of healthcare professionals on preterm nutrition

  • Offer a scientific platform to discuss different aspects of preterm nutrition

  • Provide updates to healthcare professionals to manage nutrition-related concerns in preterm care

  • Virtual learning platform with most recent updates on preterm nutrition care

  • Online access to learning modules with flexibility to learn at one’s own pace

  • Opportunity to interact with the programme faculty via the “Ask the Expert” platform

  • Certificate of completion from UWA and KEMH

This engaging scientific programme comprises online modules with structured six modules over the duration of six months.

The participant is required to go through all online modules (a total of six modules) and secure a minimum of 70% (in each module assessment) to complete the online activity. After finishing the online activity, the participants will receive their certificate of completion.


Prof. Dr Karen Simmer AO, MBBS, PhD, Grad Dip HSM,FRACP, FRCPCH, FAICD

Professor of Newborn Medicine and Director, Centre of Neonatal Research and Education, University of Western Australia

Dr Karen Simmer is a consultant neonatal paediatrician. She is a professor at the University of Western Australia and an honorary professor at the NHMRC Clinical Trials centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. She underwent training at Sydney, London and Harvard Universities. She has specialist qualifications from Australasian and British Colleges.


Prof. Dr Sanjay Patole, MBBS, MD, DCH, FRACP, MSc, DrPH

Department of Neonatal Paediatrics,
King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women,
Perth, Australia.

Dr Sanjay Patole is a full-time clinical academic neonatologist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at KEM Hospital for Women and clinical professor at the University of Western Australia. He is a co-investigator at the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for preterm infants.


Prof. Dr J. (Hans) B. van Goudoever, MD, PhD

Department of Pediatrics,
Emma Children’s Hospital–AMC and VU University Medical Center,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Dr J. Hans van Goudoever is a professor of paediatrics at the University of Amsterdam and the Free University. He is a division chair of Women and Children’s and Chief of Paediatrics at both academic medical centres in Amsterdam. He received his medical and paediatric training at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.


Dr Nicholas D Embleton, MD, BSc (Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRCPCH

Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician and Honorary Reader in Neonatal Medicine, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle University, UK.

Dr Nicholas Embleton is a consultant neonatal paediatrician at the Newcastle Hospitals National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust and Honorary Reader in Neonatal Medicine, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


Dr Jatinder Bhatia, MD, FAAP

Chief, Division of Neonatology, Department of Paediatrics,
Augusta University,
Georgia, USA.

Dr Jatinder Bhatia is the chief of the Division of Neonatology and the programme director of the Neonatal–Perinatal Medicine fellowship at Augusta University. He is also a professor in the Augusta University College of Graduate Studies and Vice Chair of Clinical Research. He is an honorary consultant for the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City.


Dr Shripada Rao MBBS, MD (Paed), DNB (Paed), DM (Neonat), MSc (Biostatistics), FRACP

Consultant Neonatologist
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Perth, Australia.

Dr Shripada Rao is a consultant neonatologist at the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women in Perth, Australia. He is a clinical associate professor at the University of Western Australia.


Dr Phillip Gordon, MD, PhD

Department of Pediatrics,
Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital,
Pensacola, FL, USA.

Dr Phillip Gordon served as medical director in Ochsner and later as Elsie Schaffer Professor of Neonatology and Associate Chair of Pediatrics at Tulane Medical School at New Orleans.


Dr Umesh Vaidya, MBBS, MD (Paediatrics), DNB (Paediatrics)

Consultant and In-charge,
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit,
Department of Paediatrics, KEM Hospital, Pune, India.

Dr Umesh Vaidya is currently engaged as the chief consultant neonatologist at the King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEM), Mumbai, and the Head of Paediatrics and Neonatology Department at the Sahyadri Super Speciality Hospital, Pune.