Dr Gillian Opie

Dr Gillian Opie, is a  full time Neonatal Paediatrician at the Mercy Hospital for Women since 2000.  In 1997 she qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and in 2011 was instrumental in establishing the Mercy Health Breastmilk Bank.  Gillian is involved in several NHMRC funded research trials, most notably Proprems: investigating the impact of Probiotics on late onset sepsis and neurodevelopment of the extremely preterm infant and DAME; investigating the benefit of antenatal milk expression on rate of hypoglycaemia in infants whose mothers have diabetes in pregnancy.  She is a member of the Victorian Infant Collaborative Study group, regularly contributes to Lactation Consultant education and is a member of the editorial board of the International Breastfeeding Journal.  In addition Gillian is Chair of the social enterprise organisation Ready Step Grow, which empowers parents to unleash the magic and potential of their premmies.