DR Rosemarie Boland

DR Rosemarie Boland


  • High risk obstetrics (Preterm labour, preterm birth, preterm infants)
  • Neonatal Resuscitation (Transition, Stabilisation)
  • Neonatology (Preterm infants, outcomes)
  • Perinatal Epidemiology (Neonatal Intensive Care)



  • Dr Rosemarie Boland is a postdoctoral researcher, senior lecturer, neonatal nurse and midwife with a nursing career spanning 30 years. She completed her PhD in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne in 2014, investigating risk factors for mortality in very preterm babies born in non-tertiary maternity hospitals in Victoria. She is now leading a five-year postdoctoral program of research aimed at improving outcomes for these babies, supported by a Career Development Award from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Her research investigating the association between birthplace, mortality, and serious morbidity in very preterm babies has attracted national and international attention. She has been the invited speaker at international and national conferences and has given platform presentations at international conferences in North America and Europe. She has published in international peer reviewed journals and is a peer reviewer for local and international perinatal journals. Rosemarie has received several awards and prizes for her research, including a Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ) New Investigator Award, PSANZ Travel Grant, Australian College of Neonatal Nurses/Parker Healthcare travel award and Murdoch Children's Research Institute Early-Mid Research Career award. Rosemarie has held the position as statewide perinatal educator with the Paediatric Infant Perinatal Emergency Retrieval Service since 2000. She has extensive experience in developing and facilitating education programs for medical, nursing, midwifery and paramedic healthcare providers at undergraduate and post-graduate level and in a variety of healthcare settings. She has developed curriculum for University programs, clinical practice guidelines for Ambulance Victoria and has considerable expertise in translating neonatal resuscitation research into clinical practice. She is the content and educational developer of the Victorian Ne   


Member of

  • Chair: Early Career Research Executive, Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand. Chair: Early Career Research (ERC) Executive 2018 -
  • Australian College of Neonatal Nurses. Member: Neonatal Research Special Interest Group 2015 -
  • Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand. Early Career Research Executive Member 2014 -
  • Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity. Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity Sub-Committee Member- 3 year term: 2019-2021 2018 - 2021
  • Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity. Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity Sub-Committee member- 3 year term: 2015-2018 2015 - 2018


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 2015-2020: Chief Investigator: Career Development Award Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne. Evaluating regionalised perinatal care in Victoria 2015-2016: Chief Investigator. Mona Menzies Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Victorian Nurses Board Legacy Limited. Where should babies 28-36 weeks of gestation be born? 2018-2019: Melbourne School of Health Sciences: Mid-Career Research Grant. ($24, 675). Supporting Play Exploration and Early Developmental Intervention (SPEEDI) for Preterm Infants – Feasibility Study. CIA: A/Prof Alicia Spittle. CIB; Dr Rosemarie Boland 2017-2021: Associate Investigator: NHMRC Program Grant APP 1113902 ($6,115,355.00) Monash University and Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne Improving perinatal outcomes. CIA: Professor Stuart Hooper, Monash University. 2013-2017: Associate Investigator: NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine APP 1060733 ($2,499,349.00) Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne. CIA and CIB: Professor Lex Doyle and Professor Peter Davis.   


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • TAA401404, Victoria University of Technology 2009
  • MN, University of Technology Sydney 1997
  • RM, St Margaret's Hospital 1990
  • BAppSc, Cumberland College of Health Sciences 1989

Awards and honors

  • Royal Women's Hospital, Early Mid Career Research First Place, 2018
  • Royal Children's Hospital, Nursing Research and Clinical Innovations Symposium 2018, 2018
  • Early Research Career Travel Grant: to present at the PSANZ 20th Annual Congress 2016, Royal Children's Hospital, Nursing Research and Clinical Innovations Symposium 2018, 2018
  • First Place: Best Oral Presentation for "Born before arrival, born too soon", Neonatal Transport Conference, Oxford United Kingdom, 2017
  • William Kitchen Travel Scholarship- to attend and present at an International Conference in Hawaii, The Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, 2017
  • Kitchen Scholarship to present at an international or national conference, The Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, 2016
  • Second Place: Research abstract and presentation, Neonatal Transport Conference, Copenhagen Denmark, 2016
  • First Place: Early-Mid Research Career Poster Symposium, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, 2015
  • Mona Menzies Major Grant/Postdoctoral Fellowship, Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited, 2015
  • Travel award to present oral presentation at Pediatric Academic Societies, Boston, USA, Australian College of Neonatal Nurses & Parker Healthcare, 2013
  • New Investigator Award: Neonatal Nursing, Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2011
  • Three Minute Thesis Competition: First Place, University of Melbourne, 2011
  • Felix Meyer Faculty Research Scholarship, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2011, 2012 and 2013, University of Melbourne, 2011



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Rosemarie Boland's research interest include:
    - Perinatal epidemiology: Investigating risk factors associated with neonatal and infant mortality in babies born very preterm (<32 weeks' gestation) and extremely preterm (<28 weeks' gestation) in non-tertiary versus tertiary healthcare settings.
    - Neonatal transport, retrieval, stabilisation and outcomes.
    - High risk pregnancy, preterm labour and preterm birth.
    - Neonatal transition, resuscitation and stabilisation after birth.