Our Patrons

We gratefully acknowledge our Patrons who support the National Premmie Foundation.

 

Anastasia Salamastrakis

Anastasia has been a journalist for 20 years and is currently a health and photoanamedical reporter for Channel Seven in Melbourne.

In January 2010, she experienced her own medical drama. She gave birth to her second son Samuel at 33 weeks after developing a rare and potentially fatal condition called Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy.

Samuel was born breathing but 23 hours later he was transferred from special care to NICU. He suffered bilateral pneumothorax. He spent 6 days in NICU and another 3 weeks in special care.

Anastasia spent 10 days in hospital but it took 4 weeks for her liver to fully recover.

Thankfully, neither Anastasia nor Samuel has suffered any long term health problem.

Since returning to work, Anastasia has reported on other families of premature babies and issues relating to premature birth.

 

Tracey Spicer

I am honoured to be Patron of National Premmie Foundation. My son Taj was tacey-spicerpremature, suffering Hyaline Membrane Disease and extremely low birth  weight. He spent the first three weeks of his life in neonatal intensive care, battling for every breath. Now, he is a rambunctious two year old, weighing a whopping 15 kilos! My heart goes out to other parents who are thrown into the maelstrom of having a premmie baby.

Some families spend months by the bedside of their tiny offspring, wishing and praying they will make it through.

Please, support National Premmie Foundation to give emotional and practical support to these parents during the most difficult time of their lives.

 

Sharon Bates

Sharon is the very proud mother of a thriving 16 month old who was born at 25 1954c5bweeks gestation, she is very passionate about the care and support offered to premature babies and their families.

She has written many articles on premature babies. Sharon is senior executive with the National Australia Bank, currently in the role of Head of Strategy. She also undertakes a broad range of speaking engagements and has recently been approached to join the Voxy Lady Speaker’s Bureau. Her strengths are that she is a senior leader of strategic development, implementation and operations management, with significant experience driving business sustainability and superior operations performance across the manufacturing and banking & finance sectors.

Her past roles have included Head of Operations, Head of Quality & Process and Executive Manager of Quality at National Australia Bank. Sharon is honoured to be supporting the National Premmie Foundation.

 

Pinky McKay – Sleep Expert

An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified pinky_ph2Infant Massage Instructor, Pinky McKay is a Melbourne based writer and editor specialising in health, education and family issues.

Pinky is the author of ‘Sleeping Like a baby’˜ (Penguin 2006), ‘Parenting By Heart’ (Lothian 2001), ‘100 Ways to Calm the Crying’ (Lothian 2002) and ‘How do we Tell the Kids’ (Prentice Hall 1995).

Pinky has been working with parents for more than 25 years but has a diverse background of professional experience which includes advertising copywriting (she’s a graduate of The Copy School, Melbourne), media consulting in the area of Crisis Management, editing/ writing The Melbourne and Sydney Baby Planners (formerly The Baby Book), the best selling ‘Bargain Shoppers guide to Melbourne’ and ‘Choosing a School For Your Child’, as well as a guide to Postnatal Depression for health professionals. She has also worked as a PR consultant for the Vic Health Body Image and Eating Behaviours project in conjunction with the Anorexia and Bulimia foundation (1990’s) and has written for The Age, Mother and Baby magazine, Coles Baby Magazine and Vogue Kids.

The mother of four adult children and a now teenage bonus baby (the baby you have when your other kids can run their own baths, tie their own shoelaces and even drive their own cars!), Pinky’s greatest delight at present is enjoying the precious chuckles and squeals of her first gorgeous grandchild.

Having experienced it all from both sides of the episiotomy, Pinky knows first hand how much parents need to laugh or some days they’d cry. Her warmth and humour make her a popular guest speaker.

 

Professor Dominic Fitzgerald

Associate Professor Dominic Fitzgerald is a paediatric respiratory and sleep dom_fitzgerald_1physician in Sydney who works at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. He has a long standing clinical and research interest in children born preterm and the respiratory consequences of preterm delivery. Dominic has experience in the neonatal intensive care unit as parent and paediatrician which has given him a broad perspective when discussing the consequences of preterm delivery.

Dominic A. Fitzgerald MBBS PhD FRACP
Clinical Associate Professor, the University of Sydney,
Senior Staff Specialist,
Department of Respiratory Medicine
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

 

If you are considering becoming a Patron for the National Premmie Foundation, please contact us directly.