Neonatology Services

Neonatology Services at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, provides neonatal care to babies from the ACT and surrounding region. Centenary Hospital has more than 2500 deliveries per year and is a principal referral centre for high risk pregnancies. It is the only tertiary care neonatal unit in the region, which has a delivery population of 8000.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) consists of 20 intensive care beds and 14 Special Care Nursery (SCN) beds. The NICU is also part of a larger network of Intensive Care Units Australia wide. The unit admits up to 700 patients per year, of these 150 are of a birth weight <1500g and 40% are from outside of the ACT, either from NSW or Victoria.

The NICU and SCN are recognised as family and baby friendly environments. It is important to us that we provide the best possible care for babies and their families.

Mission Statement

The NICU and SCN provides for health services for babies, families and staff in an environment that is:

  • Developmentally appropriate
  • Family centred
  • Functional, safe and comfortable
  • Technologically up to date and able to meet future needs

Family Centred Care

The NICU and SCN communities (families and Staff) believe patient and family centred care is fundamental to the mission of the units. Family Centred Care incorporates open, effective communication and collaboration. We strive to nurture caregivers, while supporting and empowering them to ensure babies’ best outcomes. All members of our community demonstrate kindness, compassion and respect for each other and all cultures.

Contact Us

Neonatology Department
Location: Building 11, Level 2, Centenary Hospital for Women and Children.
Phone: (02) 6174 7565
Fax: (02) 6244 3422

Clinical Director: Dr Hazel Carlisle
Phone: (02) 6174 7565
Email: hazel.carlisle@act.gov.au

Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON): Kay Thomas
Phone: (02) 6174 7395
Email: kay.thomas@act.gov.au

Clinical Nurse Consultant (NICU): Leanne Ehrlich
Phone: 02 6174 7333
Email: leanne.ehrlich@act.gov.au

Clinical Nurse Consultant (SCN): Bronwyn Roberson 
Phone: 02 6174 7309
Email: bronwyn.roberson@act.gov.au 

Nurse Unit Manager: Chanel Connor
Phone: (02) 6174 7578
Email: Chanel.L.Connor@act.gov.au