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Part 1 of this webcast series is scheduled:

Thursday 25 June 

7:00pm - 8:30pm (AEST)

Blood, Brain and Bone is a webcast series specifically tailored to nurses and midwives. It will provide practically-focused evidence-based education on the major micronutrients essential for growth and development, such as Iron, Iodine, and Vitamin D, their role in health and how best to prevent and manage deficiencies. 

Topics and speakers in this webcast:

Vit D Supplementation in Pregnancy and Neonates - Practical Implementation

Michelle Simmons

Nutritional rickets can be prevented with universal vitamin D supplementation of pregnant women and infants for the first 12 months of like. This talk will focus on the implementation of such a program and provide an insight into how it may be done successfully.

About the Expert:

Michelle Simmons: Registered Midwife and Nurse; CMC Postnatal and Infant Feeding, Women's and Newborn Health, Westmead Hospital; Director of Events, Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ)

Michelle Simmons will be presenting with: 

Brigitte Yakoubi: Clinical Midwifery Educator, Westmead Hospital 

Vitamin D and Calcium in Pregnancy

Dr Therese McGee

Pregnancy and breast feeding place extra demands on maternal mineral homeostasis. To ensure adequate maternal well-being and fetal development it is important to ensure adequate calcium and vitamin D intake during pregnancy and in the post-partum period. In this presentation the role of calcium and vitamin D in pregnancy will be discussed.

About the Expert:

Dr Therese McGee: Clinical Director, Women’s and Newborn Health, Westmead Hospital; Clinical Senior Lecturer, Sydney University; Member, Westmead Executive, Clinical Board, Patient Care Committee and Medical Workforce Planning Committee 

Nutrition, Children and Rickets

Prof Craig Munns

Nutritional rickets has re-emerged a significant paediatric health problem that can result in limb deformity, poor growth, fractures, seizures and occasionally cardiomyopathy and death. It is seen in children of all ages, most notably in infants. Nutritional rickets in almost fully preventable with universal vitamin D supplementation of pregnant woman and infants until 12 months of age. This talk will provide an overview of vitamin D metabolism and an understanding of the role that vitamin D and calcium plays in skeletal development in children and the potential devastating effect of nutritional rickets on growth and development.

About the Expert:

Prof Craig Munns: Senior Staff Specialist, Endocrinology; Clinical Program Director, Division of Diagnostic Services, Westmead Children’s Hospital; Professor of Paediatric Bone and Mineral Medicine, UNSW