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Professor Dawn Elder, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health

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MB ChB DCH FRACP PhD
Professor and HOD, Department of Paediatrics


Dawn graduated from the University of Otago and did her paediatric training in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. During her paediatric training she was awarded the Lady King scholarship and undertook SIDS-related research with a piglet animal model of hyperthermia at the Dept of Paediatrics, University of Otago, Dunedin. Dawn has been a member of the department since 1995 following completion of advanced training in neonatal medicine in Perth, Western Australia. In addition to her University Work (6/10ths) she works 5/10ths for Capital Coast Health. Dawn has clinical paediatric specialist qualifications in neonatal medicine and paediatric sleep medicine. She worked as a neonatal medicine specialist until 2004 transferring then to retrain in paediatric sleep medicine. She also works clinically in the area of child protection and has particular expertise in the area of child sexual abuse.

Dawn is the current HOD. As well as teaching roles with 5th years and Trainee Interns, Dawn is also involved in teaching child protection and sleep medicine topics in the DCH.

Research interests

Dawn’s main research focus has been in the area of sleep and breathing, starting initially in the preterm and neonatal age group but extending now to older children. Dawn’s PhD thesis addressed the topic of respiratory variability in infants and children. Further projects are planned along this theme and in particular in relation to the assessment of cardiorespiratory stability at neonatal discharge. Dawn’s research during specialty training related to SIDS and this is still an area of interest. She has also published on death review and the role of post mortem after preterm and term neonatal death. She has on-going research collaborations with colleagues in the Departments of Medicine and Surgery and Anaesthesia at the UOW, and with colleagues in the Dept of Women’s and Children’s Health at the UOD. She is also a co-investigator on the national SUDI case-control study based in Auckland and led by Prof Ed Mitchell. A PhD student Lucie Zwimpfer has just completed a thesis looking at the impact of empathic attunement on infant stress during painful procedures. A current PhD student Conway Niu is looking at intermittent hypoxia as measured by oximetry in term and preterm infants.

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Publications

Elder, D. E., & Galland, B. C. (2021). Apnea of infancy, apparent life-threatening events, and sudden death in infancy. In D. Gozal & L. Kheirandish-Gozal (Eds.), Pediatric sleep medicine: Mechanisms and comprehensive guide to clinical evaluation and management. (pp. 341-351). Springer.

Morrison, S., Galland, B. C., Haszard, J. J., Jackson, R., McIntosh, D. R., Beebe, D. W., Elder, D. E., Ward, A. L., Meredith-Jones, K., & Taylor, R. W. (2021). Eating in the absence of hunger in children with mild sleep loss: A randomized crossover trial with learning effects. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqab203

Zwimpfer, L., Wiltshire, E., & Elder, D. (2021). Nurse to infant vocalisation during nursing care: Does it vary between painful and non-painful procedures? Journal of Neonatal Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jnn.2021.06.006

Galland, B. C., & Elder, D. E. (2021). Children's sleep health matters. Sleep Medicine Reviews. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2021.101487

Marsters, B., Shi, B., Wheeler, B. J., Boucher, S., Macaulay, G., Galland, B., Elder, D., Larsen, P., & Wiltshire, E. (2021). Advanced ECG analysis of cardiac function in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes: A pilot study [Short communication]. Acta Diabetologica. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s00592-021-01704-y

Morgan, J., Coughlan, E. P., Rowan, D., Robertson, A., Elder, D. E., Grimwood, K., … Fleming, P. (2002). New Zealand Herpes Foundation Guidelines for the Management of Genital Herpes in New Zealand (6th ed.). Professional Advisory Board of the New Zealand Herpes Foundation.

Books - Revision/New Edition - prior to 2003

Meech, R., Morgan, J., Coughlan, E., Say, J., . . ., Grimwood, K., Elder, D., & et al (Eds.). (2004). New Zealand Herpes Foundation: Guidelines for the management of genital herpes in New Zealand (7th ed.). Auckland, New Zealand: Viral Sexually Transmitted Infection Education Foundation, 42p.

Edited Book - Other

Elder, D. E., & Galland, B. C. (2021). Apnea of infancy, apparent life-threatening events, and sudden death in infancy. In D. Gozal & L. Kheirandish-Gozal (Eds.), Pediatric sleep medicine: Mechanisms and comprehensive guide to clinical evaluation and management. (pp. 341-351). Springer.

Chapter in Book - Research

Taylor, B., & Elder, D. (2012). Sudden unexpected death in infancy. In M. South & D. Isaacs (Eds.), Practical paediatrics. (7th ed.) (pp. 123-129). Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone.

Chapter in Book - Research

Elder, D. (2004). Neonatal burnout. In R. Fenwicke (Ed.), In practice: The lives of New Zealand women doctors in the 21st century. (pp. 89-100). Auckland: Random House New Zealand.

Chapter in Book - Other

Campbell, A. J., Mather, S. J., & Elder, D. E. (2021). Obstructive sleep apnea risk factors and symptoms in children with a known parental obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis. Sleep Medicine, 78, 149-152. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2020.12.030

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Morrison, S., Galland, B. C., Haszard, J. J., Jackson, R., McIntosh, D. R., Beebe, D. W., Elder, D. E., Ward, A. L., Meredith-Jones, K., & Taylor, R. W. (2021). Eating in the absence of hunger in children with mild sleep loss: A randomized crossover trial with learning effects. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqab203

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Zwimpfer, L., Wiltshire, E., & Elder, D. (2021). Nurse to infant vocalisation during nursing care: Does it vary between painful and non-painful procedures? Journal of Neonatal Nursing. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.jnn.2021.06.006

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Elder, D., McDowall, P., Sim, D., & Campbell, A. (2020). Sleep in New Zealand children aged 7-9: Associations with ethnicity, socioeconomic status and achievement in reading and mathematics. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 16(6), 847-854. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.8342

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Macaulay, G. C., Galland, B. C., Boucher, S. E., Wiltshire, E. J., Haszard, J. J., Campbell, A. J., Black, S. M., Smith, C., Elder, D., & Wheeler, B. J. (2020). Impact of type 1 diabetes mellitus, glucose levels, and glycaemic control on sleep in children and adolescents: A case-control study. Sleep, 43(2), 1-11. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsz226

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Neels, A., Tuohy, P., Elder, D., on behalf of the Child Protection Clinical Network of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand. (2020). Training and confidence in undertaking child protection work as reported by New Zealand paediatricians. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 56, 107-113. doi: 10.1111/jpc.14504

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Wellington, G., Campbell, A. J., & Elder, D. E. (2019). Comparison of 12-hour and 24-hour oximetry recordings in preterm infants. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 55, 938-942. doi: 10.1111/jpc.14320

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Wellington, G., Campbell, A., & Elder, D. (2019). Intermittent hypoxia in preterm infants: Measurement using the desaturation index. Pediatric Pulmonology, 54, 865-872. doi: 10.1002/ppul.24276

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MacFarlane, M., Mitchell, E. A., Thompson, J. M. D., Lawton, B., Zuccollo, J., Elder, D., Taylor, B., McDonald, G., … Fleming, P. (2018). Smoking in pregnancy a key factor for sudden infant death among Māori. Acta Paediatrica, 107(11), 1924-1931. doi: 10.1111/apa.14431

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Wellington, G., Elder, D., & Campbell, A. (2018). 24-hour oxygen saturation recordings in preterm infants: Editing artefact. Acta Paediatrica, 107(8), 1362-1369. doi: 10.1111/apa.14293

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Berry, M. J., Saito-Benz, M., Gray, C., Dyson, R. M., Dellabarca, P., Ebmeier, S., … Elder, D. E., & Richardson, V. F. (2017). Outcomes of 23- and 24-weeks gestation infants in Wellington, New Zealand: A single centre experience. Scientific Reports, 7, 12769. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-12911-5

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McDowall, P. S., Elder, D. E., & Campbell, A. J. (2017). Relationship between parent knowledge of child sleep, and child sleep practices and problems: A pilot study in a children's hospital cohort. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(8), 788-793. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13542

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McDowall, P. S., Galland, B. C., Campbell, A. J., & Elder, D. E. (2017). Parent knowledge of children’s sleep: A systematic review. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 31, 39-47. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2016.01.002

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Mitchell, E. A., Thompson, J. M. D., Zuccollo, J., MacFarlane, M., Taylor, B., Elder, D., … Baker, N., McDonald, G., Lawton, B., … Fleming, P. (2017). The combination of bed sharing and maternal smoking leads to a greatly increased risk of sudden unexpected death in infancy: The New Zealand SUDI Nationwide Case Control Study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130(1456), 52-64. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

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Muller, D., Signal, L., Elder, D., & Gander, P. (2017). Environmental and behavioural factors associated with school children's sleep in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 53(1), 68-74. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13268

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Roberts, T., Campbell, A., Larsen, P., & Elder, D. (2017). Preterm infants at discharge: Nap polysomnography versus 24-hour oximetry. Acta Paediatrica, 106(111), 1754-1759. doi: 10.1111/apa.13900

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D'Souza, A. J., Russell, M., Wood, B., Signal, L., & Elder, D. (2016). Attitudes to physical punishment of children are changing. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 101(8), 690-693. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-310119

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McDowall, P. S., Campbell, A., & Elder, D. (2016). Parent knowledge of child sleep: A pilot study in a children's hospital cohort. Sleep Medicine, 21, 57-62. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2016.01.014

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Wellington, G., Campbell, A. J., & Elder, D. E. (2016). Oximetry for preterm infants at neonatal discharge: What is current practice in New Zealand and Australia? Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 52(3), 333-337. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13079

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Galland, B., Spruyt, K., Dawes, P., McDowall, P. S., Elder, D., & Schaughency, E. (2015). Sleep disordered breathing and academic performance: A meta-analysis. Pediatrics, 136(4), e934-e946. doi: 10.1542/peds.2015-1677

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Galland, B. C., & Elder, D. E. (2014). Sudden unexpected death in infancy: Biological mechanisms. Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, 15(4), 287-292. doi: 10.1016/j.prrv.2014.09.003

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Elder, D. E. (2013). Sleep position does not appear to influence the risk of extreme cardiorespiratory events in vulnerable infants [Commentary]. Evidence-Based Nursing, 16(2), 51-52. doi: 10.1136/eb-2012-101003

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Elder, D. E., Campbell, A. J., & Galletly, D. (2013). Current definitions for neonatal apnoea: Are they evidence based? Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 49(9), E388-E396. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12247

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Gibbs, S., Wiltshire, E., & Elder, D. (2013). Nocturnal sleep measured by actigraphy in children with Prader-Willi syndrome. Journal of Pediatrics, 162(4), 765-769. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.09.019

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Chiu, M., Elder, D., & Zuccollo, J. (2012). Gliosis in neonatal SUDI cases. Acta Paediatrica, 101(1), 30-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02413.x

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Elder, D. E., Larsen, P. D., Campbell, A. J., & Galletly, D. C. (2012). Cardioventilatory coupling and inter-breath variability in children referred for polysomnography. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, 181(1), 1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2012.01.006

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Galland, B. C., Elder, D. E., & Taylor, B. J. (2012). Interventions with a sleep outcome for children with cerebral palsy or a post-traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 16(6), 561-573. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2012.01.007

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Galland, B. C., Taylor, B. J., Elder, D. E., & Herbison, P. (2012). Normal sleep patterns in infants and children: A systematic review of observational studies. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 16(3), 213-222. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2011.06.001

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Gibson, R., Elder, D., & Gander, P. (2012). Actigraphic sleep and developmental progress of one-year-old infants. Sleep & Biological Rhythms, 10(2), 77-83. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-8425.2011.00525.x

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Gibson, R., Gander, P., & Elder, D. (2012). Factors differentiating infants identified by parents as problem sleepers, and those that are not. Sleep & Biological Rhythms, 10(1), 46-52. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-8425.2011.00517.x

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Zwimpfer, L., & Elder, D. (2012). Talking to and being with babies: The nurse-infant relationship as a pain management tool. Neonatal, Paediatric, and Child Health Nursing, 15(3), 10-14.

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Elder, D. E., Campbell, A. J., & Galletly, D. (2011). Effect of position on oxygen saturation and requirement in convalescent preterm infants. Acta Paediatrica, 100(5), 661-665. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02157.x

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Elder, D. E., Campbell, A. J., Larsen, P. D., & Galletly, D. (2011). Respiratory variability in preterm and term infants: Effect of sleep state, position and age. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, 175(2), 234-238. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2010.11.011

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Elder, D. E., Whale, J., Galletly, D., & Campbell, A. J. (2011). Respiratory events in preterm infants prior to discharge: With and without clinically concerning apnoea. Sleep & Breathing, 15, 867-873. doi: 10.1007/s11325-010-0457-x

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Carey, R., Healy, C., & Elder, D. E. (2010). Foreign body sexual assault complicated by rectovaginal fistula [Case report]. Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine, 17(3), 161-163. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2009.09.009

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Elder, D. E., Larsen, P. D., Galletly, D. C., & Campbell, A. J. (2010). Cardioventilatory coupling in preterm and term infants: Effect of position and sleep state. Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology, 174(1-2), 128-134. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2010.05.012

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Elder, D. E., Wong, A., & Zuccollo, J. M. (2009). Risk factors for and timing of death of extremely preterm infants. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 49(4), 407-410. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2009.01033.x

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Escott, A., Elder, D. E., & Zuccollo, J. M. (2009). Sudden unexpected infant death and bedsharing: Referrals to the Wellington Coroner 1997-2006. New Zealand Medical Journal, 122(1298). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/122-1298/3686/content.pdf

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Elder, D. E., Larsen, P., & Zuccollo, J. M. (2008). Failure of apnea monitoring during bed-sharing. Forensic Science, Medicine, & Pathology, 4(3), 167-169. doi: 10.1007/s12024-008-9026-z

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Wong, A., Elder, D., & Zuccollo, J. (2008). Changes in cause of neonatal death over a decade. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1277). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/121-1277/3142/content.pdf

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Crowther, C. A., Doyle, L. W., Haslam, R. R., Hiller, J. E., Harding, J. E., Robinson, J. S., for the ACTORDS Study Group, including Reid, R., Austin, N., Darlow, B., Poad, D., Broadbent, R., Wilson, D., Sangalli, M., Elder, D., & Richardson, V. (2007). Outcomes at 2 years of age after repeat doses of antenatal corticosteroids. New England Journal of Medicine, 357(12), 1179-1189.

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Elder, D. E. (2007). Interpretation of anogenital findings in the living child: Implications for the paediatric forensic autopsy. Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine, 14, 482-488. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2007.03.005

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Elder, D. E., Russell, L., Sheppard, D., Purdie, G. L., & Campbell, A. J. (2007). Car seat test for preterm infants: Comparison with polysomnography. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & Neonatal Edition, 92, F468-F472.

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Crowther, C. A., Haslam, R. R., Hiller, J. E., Doyle, L. W., Robinson, J. S., for the Australasian Collaborative Trial of Repeat Doses of Steroids (ACTORDS) Study Group, including Reid, R., Austin, N., Darlow, B., Mogridge, N., Broadbent, R., Patel, F., Tout, S., Wilson, D., Sangalli, M., & Elder, D. (2006). Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome after repeat exposure to antenatal corticosteroids: A randomised controlled trial. Lancet, 367, 1913-1919. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(06)68846-6

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Elder, D. E., & Zuccollo, J. M. (2005). Autopsy after death due to extreme prematurity. Archives of Disease in Childhood: Fetal & Neonatal Edition, 90, F270-F272.

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