Helping to improve long-term outcomes for very premature babies.

Mercy Hospital for Women

Mercy Hospital for Women plays an important role in the teaching and research of women’s health, childbirth and infant health. The hospital specialises in these fields, whilst also providing services in gynaecology, gynaecological oncology, neonatology and obstetrics.

Julianne Duff

Participating Staff Member Julianne Duff


Julianne is a paediatrician who has been involved in the follow up of premature babies for almost 15 years. She has two teenage boys.


Dr Noni Davis

Participating Staff Member Dr Noni Davis


Dr Noni Davis is a mother of two and a paediatrician with a strong interest in the follow up of premature babies.

Elaine Kelly

Participating Staff Member Elaine Kelly

Paediatric Neuropsychologist & Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Elaine Kelly has been involved with VICS since its inception over 20 years ago. She is a Neuropsychologist and Speech Pathologist. She works at the Royal Women's Hospital, the Mercy Hospital for Women and Monash Medical Centre as well as working in private with clinical patients. She has been involved in many research projects, and in teaching students from Melbourne University and Australian Catholic University, being an Honorary Fellow of both Institutions.

Dr Gillian Opie FRACP, IBCLC

Participating Staff Member Dr Gillian Opie

Consultant Neonatologist

She is especially interested in neurodevelopmental outcomes with respect to early nutritional influences.

Amanda Williamson

Participating Staff Member Amanda Williamson


Amanda is a Psychologist who is interested in all aspects of child development. She works at the Mercy Hospital for Women and as a counsellor and play therapist in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She has previously completed research studies examining factors that contribute to maternal separation anxiety and children's friendship quality.



Dr Anne Marie Turner



Anne-Marie is a mother and general/developmental paediatrician. She has been working in developmental follow-up at the Mercy Hospital for Women for nearly 15 years.