Carmel Collins

Associate Professor

  • 2176 Citations
  • 24 h-Index
1988 …2020

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Carmel heads the Neonatal Nutrition Research Unit of the Child Nutrition Research Centre, SAHMRI Women and Kids and is the Neonatal Nutrition Research Theme leader, Department of Neonatal Medicine, Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Carmel’s extensive background in midwifery and neonatal intensive care specialist nursing, coupled with her clinical trial expertise enables her to provide a unique role in the interface between research and clinical practice.

Her research program aims to develop new nutritional clinical practices that will optimise the growth, health, and development of preterm infants, and so help them reach their full potential.She leads the NHMRC funded multi-centre N3RO randomised controlled trial. The trial involves an international collaboration of neonatologists and neonatal research nurses in 13 centres throughout Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.It is the largest nutritional intervention trial for extremely preterm infants and the first trial designed to determine the effect of omega-3 fatty acid supplementation on the incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia - a chronic, serious lung disease of prematurity.

Carmel is committed to research partnership with parents of preterm infants and clinicians and is working with both in determining the research priorities in the nutritional management of preterm infants from their perspective.

Carmel has over 65 publications and has been awarded over $8.8 million in funding.


Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Adelaide

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

Bachelor of Social Science (Human Services) Social Health Studies - The University of South Australia

Neonatal Intensive Care Certificate - Queen Victoria Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia

Registered Midwife - Bangour College of Nursing and Midwifery, West Lothian, Scotland

Registered Nurse - Mt Gambier School of Nursing and Midwifery, Mt Gambier, South Australia


Awards and honours

2015 Excellence in neonatal nursing, Australian College of Neonatal Nurses.

2014 ‘Unsung Heroes of Science’ South Australia

2009 South Australian Nursing Excellence Award, Research, Department of Health, South Australia

2008 Endeavour Research Fellowship, The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

2002 Awarded life membership Australian College of Neonatal Nurses for services to the Association

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Research Output

Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management during labour

Smith, C. A., Collins, C., 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

4 Citations (Scopus)

Can the Bayley Scales of Infant Development at 18 months predict child behaviour at 7 years?

Gould, J., Hunt, E., Roberts, R. M., Louise, J., Collins, C. & Makrides, M., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 55, 1, p. 74-81 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Changes in the Composition of the Gut Microbiota and the Blood Transcriptome in Preterm Infants at Less than 29 Weeks Gestation Diagnosed with Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia

Ryan, F., Drew, D. P., Douglas, C., Leong, L. E. X., Moldovan, M., Lynn, M., Fink, N., Sribnaia, A., Penttila, I., McPhee, A. J., Collins, C., Makrides, M., Gibson, R., Rogers, G. & Lynn, D., 29 Oct 2019, In : mSystems. 4, 5, e00484.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Docosahexaenoic acid supplementation of preterm infants and parent-reported symptoms of allergic disease at 7 years corrected age: Follow-up of a randomized controlled trial

Gunaratne, A. W., Makrides, M., Collins, C., Gibson, R., McPhee, A., Sullivan, T., Gould, J., Green, T., Doyle, L. W., Davis, P. G., French, N. P., Colditz, P. B., Simmer, K., Morris, S. A. & Best, K., 1 Jun 2019, In : American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 109, 6, p. 1600-1610 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)