Dr Jeanine Young appointed Honorary Professor at UQ

22 Nov 2016

Dr Jeanine YoungWe are delighted to announce that Jeanine Young has been appointed as an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Online Health.

Jeanine has a special interest in infant care practices, breastfeeding and safe infant sleeping. She works closely with SIDS and Kids to ensure infant sleeping recommendations are evidence-based and was asked by SIDS and Kids to launch the 2012 Sleep Safe, My Baby public health campaign. Jeanine has established a research program at the University of the Sunshine Coast investigating Queensland’s relatively high infant mortality rate. The focus is evidence-based strategies and educational resources to assist health professionals and parents with young infants.

Jeanine is particularly passionate about delivering Safe Sleeping messages to parents, and addressing Close the Gap targets to reduce Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infant mortality. Professor Young is currently leading a research study investigating the acceptability, feasibility and safety of using the Pēpi-Pod® Program, a safe sleep space embedded in safe sleep health promotion. This Program is currently conducted in partnership with government and nongovernment health services which serve high risk Aboriginal and Torres Islander families living in over 25 communities across rural and remote, regional and metropolitan areas of Queensland.

Jeanine is a Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife and qualified neonatal nurse. She is committed to the advancement of the nursing and midwifery professions through evidence-based practice, public health advocacy and primary prevention. Jeanine is a current member and the former Chair of the SIDS and Kids National Scientific Advisory Group (Chair 2008-2015), member Australian College of Midwives Scientific Review and Advisory Group, Queensland Paediatric Quality Council and Infant Mortality Sub-Committee and a ministerial appointment to the Queensland Child Death Review Committee. Jeanine holds clinical Adjunct appointments with the Sunshine Coast HHS and Children’s Health Queensland HHS.

Jeanine has collaborated as a RHD supervisor for UQ doctoral students, both in the past and currently. The COH looks forward to deepening our research and professional connections with Jeanine and the USC.