Welcome to the MCRI Neonatal Advanced Ventilation Workshop and BPD Symposium hosted by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH).

Join us for exciting, hands-on and interactive programs on the latest concepts in invasive neonatal respiratory support. Participants are welcome to attend the Advanced Ventilation Workshop, BPD Symposium or both.

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Registration* closes 15th of August 2024

*Registration fee does not include 2.5 per cent Trybooking surcharge

Advanced Ventilation Workshop

Respiratory support remains a hallmark of NICU care.

With new advances in technology and evidence, delivering the right support for the right baby has become more challenging. Following the previous success of the 2015 HFOV workshop, we are delighted to expand our approach to develop skills and knowledge that empowers the clinician to tailor ventilation to a baby’s lung disease for all forms of mechanical ventilation.

Fundamental concepts, evidence and new developments will be presented using an interactive program of lectures, skills-based workshops and case discussions facilitated by world leaders in the respiratory care of neonates.

Program highlights include:

  • Practical respiratory physiology for the clinician
  • Deciphering conventional modes: which, when and in whom
  • Optimal application of HFOV, including volume guarantee
  • Lung recruitment
  • Closed-loop oxygen therapy
  • Lung imaging
  • Management of challenging conditions such as BPD, gas trapping and pulmonary hypoplasia

Don’t miss out on the first MCRI Neonatal Advanced Ventilation workshop since 2015!

Event details

  • Date: Thursday 29th and Friday 30th August 2024
  • Time: 8.30am to 5:00pm
  • Subject: Invasive neonatal respiratory support
  • Location: The Health and Learning Precinct (HELP) at The Royal Children’s Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville VIC 3052

BPD Symposium

In addition to the Advanced Ventilation Workshop, we are delighted to offer an optional half-day BPD Symposium. This symposium will acknowledge the increasing challenges in managing chronic lung disease of the newborn and on the management of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD). This event will be facilitated by international experts.

Event details

  • Date: Saturday 31 August 2024
  • Time: 8.30am to 1:00pm
  • Subject: BPD management
  • Location: The Health and Learning Precinct (HELP) at The Royal Children’s Hospital, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville VIC 3052

Meet the speakers

Professor Peter Dargaville

Director, NICU, Royal Hobart Hospital

Professor Peter Dargaville trained in neonatology at The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, and at the University of California, San Francisco. In 2000, Professor Dargaville was awarded an MD from the University of Melbourne for research examining pulmonary surfactant and its abnormalities in ventilated infants with lung disease. Professor Dargaville now continues as a clinician-researcher at the Royal Hobart Hospital and Menzies Institute for Medical Research, UTAS.

The major focus of his research is the development and implementation of new therapies for neonatal lung disease. Professor Dargaville was Chief Investigator of the NHMRC-funded OPTIMIST-A trial, a multinational RCT of minimally invasive surfactant therapy in preterm infants with RDS. Having co-invented an algorithm for automated control of oxygen therapy in infants receiving supplemental oxygen, Professor Dargaville now leads a program of research on automated oxygen control in preterm infants which will be funded by an NHMRC leadership category 2 Investigator Grant during the years 2025-2029.

Other current research themes include the detection, prediction and curtailment of apnoea, and the exploration of mechanisms of lung injury in preterm infants.

Professor David Tingay

Group Leader, Neonatal Research, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Professor David Tingay leads MCRI's Neonatal Research group and is a clinical neonatologist and respiratory physiologist at the Melbourne Children’s Campus.

MCRI’s Neonatal Research group is an interconnected program of molecular, imaging and clinical science, that aims to better understand lung injury and develop new neonatal critical care respiratory support strategies.

Professor Tingay is the current Chair of the Respiratory Failure Section of the European Society of Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care. He is also the lead investigator of the international POLAR Trial of PEEP to support the preterm lung at birth and the BLUEPRINT Study to map the phenotypes and evolution of early preterm respiratory health.

Professor Tingay is a commissioner for the Lancet Commission on the Future of Neonatology and has been a member of international and national leadership groups in neonatal ARDS, chest imaging and COVID-19.

Dr Arun Sett

Honourary Fellow at Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Royal Women's Hospital

Neonatologist at Joan Kirner Women and Children’s Hospital

Dr Arun Sett is a Victorian-trained neonatologist and clinician-researcher, currently working as a consultant neonatologist at Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Dr Sett leads several research projects in the NICU, including being the imaging lead and Joan Kirner Site Principal Investigator for the BLUEPRINT Study.

Additionally, he holds a Research Fellows role at MCRI and The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. Dr Sett's recently submitted PhD explored the use of lung ultrasound to guide neonatal respiratory support. His doctoral work encompassed a blend of pre-clinical translational research and clinical studies, showcasing his multidisciplinary expertise. His research has been recognised globally and resulted in research awards, including the Australian Society of Ultrasound Emerging Enthusiast and Young Investigator awards, and the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology Young Investigator Award.

Dr Sett has been recognised as ASUM Emerging Enthusiast and his contributions were acknowledged with the Young Investigator award at WFUMB2022. Beyond his groundbreaking work in lung ultrasound, Dr Sett's other research interests include electrical impedance tomography, neonatal respiratory physiology, point-of-care ultrasound and neonatal haemodynamics.

Organising committee

  • Dr Anastasia Pellicano, Neonatologist, Clinical Lead PIPER (Neonatal), The Royal Children's Hospital
  • Dr Arun Sett, Honorary Research Fellow, MCRI & The Royal Women's Hospital, Neonatologist, Joan Kirner Women and Children's Hospital
  • Professor David Tingay, Neonatologist, Group Leader, Neonatal Research, MCRI
  • Jean Hellstern, Admin Assistant, Neonatal Research, MCRI
  • Dr Kristin Ferguson, Honorary Research Fellow, MCRI & The Royal Women's Hospital, Neonatal Fellow, Mercy Hospital for Women
  • Dr Lucy Loft, Neonatal Fellow, The Royal Women's Hospital
  • Associate Professor Michael Stewart, Neonatologist, Director, PIPER, The Royal Children's Hospital
  • Professor Peter Dargaville, Neonatologist, Staff Specialist and Professorial Research Fellow in Neonatology, Royal Hobart Hospital and Menzies Institute, UTAS
  • Dr Sophia Dahm, Paediatric Trainee, MCRI

More information


pdfMCRI Neonatal Advanced Ventilation Workshop – Preliminary Program 202486.38 KB

pdfBPD Symposium – Preliminary Program 202471.81 KB

Please note: Information including the detailed program, speakers and facilitators are subject to change.


There are several hotels located within close proximity of The Royal Children’s Hospital. Please contact your choice of hotel directly:

Public transport

The Royal Children’s Hospital is easily accessible by tram from the CBD:

  • Tram routes 58 and 59 stop outside The Royal Children's Hospital 
  • Tram route 57 also stops nearby


Ticketed parking is available under the hospital. Access is via Entries 1, 2, or 4 from Flemington Road.

Find out more about car parking at The Royal Children's Hospital.


The Royal Children's Hospital University of Tasmania and MENZIES Mercy Royal Hobart Hospital 

 The Royal Womens Hospital Western Health


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