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Heather Gilbert RN Division 1, RGON, SRN /Research Nurse
Heather Gilbert is an RN Division 1/Research Nurse at MAPrc. Heather has extensive clinical experience in Operating Theatre and PACU (Post Anaesthetic Care Unit) Nursing, Aged Care, Rehabilitation, IVF and District Nursing. Heather trained and worked as a Registered Nurse in Auckland, New Zealand, followed by several years of clinical practice in England, before moving to Melbourne, Australia in 2003.
Heather joined MAPrc in 2005, as a Research Nurse with the Psychopharmacology Team. In January 2006, Heather was invited to join the Women’s Mental Health Team, where she currently co-ordinates The National Register of Antipsychotic Medication in Pregnancy (NRAMP). This is an observational study which follows the pathway of women who are taking/have taken antipsychotic medication during pregnancy. We aim to establish evidence-based guidelines for the best use and effect of antipsychotic medication during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal phase, thereby assisting clinicians to make informed decisions in the management of women in their care. This stimulating and expansive role allows for further recruitment and networking opportunities across Australia. International involvement is also planned, and already includes colleagues in New Zealand.
Heather is involved in all aspects of department life, including support and mentoring of junior staff, assistance with team activities as required, venepuncture and ECG supervision, various committee memberships, article writing and conference presentations.