Carmel Collins

Associate Professor, RN RM NICC BSocSc(HumServ) GDipPubHlth PhD FACNN

  • 2337 Citations
  • 24 h-Index
1988 …2020

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Associate Professor Carmel Collins is a Principal Research Fellow with Pregnancy and Perinatal Care, SAHMRI Women and Kids. 

Before moving to a research career Carmel was a senior neonatal intensive care clinician (Registered Nurse, Registered Midwife, Neonatal Intensive Care Certificate).  With her extensive clinical experience and her clinical trial expertise Carmel plays a unique role in the interface between research and clinical practice.  She has led or had significant involvement in multi and single centre randomised trials totalling nearly 10,000 participants.  Associate Professor Collins’ contribution to neonatal care was recognised when she was made the first Fellow of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses.

Associate Professor Collins has over 90 publications and published in leading medical journals including NEJM, JAMA, BMJ, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.  She has been awarded over $18 million in research funding.  Carmel is recognised for her research in the nutritional management of preterm infants, breast feeding support, dietary fatty acids and protein supplementation which has made significant contributions to clinical practice.  She was an invited external expert in the World Health Organisation/UNICEF review of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.  Carmel is committed to research partnership with parents of preterm infants and clinicians and has worked with both in determining the research priorities with the use of donor human milk from their perspective.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, School of Public Health, The University of Adelaide

Neonatal Intensive Care Certificate, Queen Victoria Hospital and Department of Paediatrics

Midwifery (Registered Midwife), Bangour College of Nursing and Midwifery

General Nursing (Registered Nurse), Mt Gambier School of Nursing and Midwifery

Bachelor's Degree, Human Services, UniSA Justice and Society, The University of South Australia

Graduate Diploma, School of Public Health, The University of Adelaide

External positions

Associate Professor, Discipline of Paediatrics, Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide

2017 → …

Senior Research Fellow, Discipline of Paediatrics, Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide

2014 → …

Research Fellow, Discipline of Paediatrics, Adelaide Medical School, The University of Adelaide

2004 → …


  • preterm infant nutrition
  • human milk

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Research Output

Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management during labour

Smith, C. A., Collins, C. T., Levett, K. M., Armour, M., Dahlen, H. G., Tan, A. L. & Mesgarpour, B., 7 Feb 2020, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2020, 2, CD009232.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

6 Citations (Scopus)

Association of Poor Postnatal Growth with Neurodevelopmental Impairment in Infancy and Childhood: Comparing the Fetus and the Healthy Preterm Infant References

Cordova, E. G., Cherkerzian, S., Bell, K., Joung, K. E., Collins, C. T., Makrides, M., Gould, J., Anderson, P. J. & Belfort, M. B., 1 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Pediatrics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Intravenous fat induces changes in PUFA and their bioactive metabolites: Comparison between Japanese and Australian preterm infants

Suganuma, H., McPhee, A. J., Collins, C. T., Liu, G., Leemaqz, S., Andersen, C. C., Ikeda, N., Ohkawa, N., Taha, A. Y. & Gibson, R. A., May 2020, In : Prostaglandins Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. 156, 102026.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Top 10 research priorities for human milk banking and use of donor human milk: A partnership between parents and clinicians

Matthews, E., Collins, C. T., Ellison, V., Hussey, L., Slade, J., Keir, A. & Miller, J., 1 May 2020, In : Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 56, 5, p. 770-776 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle