Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes

Professor, Deputy Director, ANU Medical School
College of Health & Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Paediatrics 111403
  • Curriculum And Pedagogy 1302
  • Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine Not Elsewhere Classified 111499
  • Design Practice And Management 1203
  • Intensive Care 110310

Research interests


Higher Education, pedagogy in health care education

Partnering with patients in healthcare

Hospital design



Zsuzsoka was born in Hamburg, Germany, spent some time while studying Medicine in the US and Switzerland, moved to Sydney in 1994 and completed her training in Neonatology in Brisbane, where she also completed a PhD at the University of Queensland.
She has been working a Neonatologist in Canberra since 2001and has been the Director of the Department from 2007 to 2015. Her main research interest is the neonatal brain and lately she has been focussing on quality and safety assessment and education. She developed a quality and safety curriculum at the Medical School of the ANU where she is a Professor and the Deputy Director.
She oversights the Professionalism and Leadership theme in the medical curriculum at ANU and in her role as the Deputy Dean she is mainly responsible for the educational portfolio apart from deputising for the Dean.
She was recognised by the Australia Day Council who awarded her as the ACT Australian of the year 204 for her work with families to design a safe, family-centred Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the implementation of the NICUcam, a web-based design for parents and families to view their baby when they are not able to visit.

Her research interests are in neonatology (specifically the neonatal brain), higher education and patient centred care.

Available student projects

Diversity in medical education

Current student projects

Pain in neonates

Past student projects

Proteomic biomarkers in hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy in a rat model (Masters and PhD)

Facilitating Change in a Neonatal Intensive Care Redevelopment : A Participatory Action Research Project (PhD)

Pain in neonates - evidence versus current practices

Comparison of two early warning systems for patient

Barriers to incident reporting in healthcare

Preparing health students for multidisciplinary teamwork: Canberra health students’ attitudes towards interprofessional education

Comparing single family rooms (SFR) and open bay designs for newborn intensive care units (NICU) and its effects on patient outcomes

Assessment of an early warning score to detect deteriorating neonates

Families' experiences in a tweo-cot room design

Staphylococcus epidermidis septicaemia in NICU patients: an audit at the TCH

Safety of a home gavage-feeding program for parents of neonatal patients

Realtionship between blood pressure and amplitde integrated EEG in term, asphyxiated neonates

Resuscitation of premature babies with 30% oxygen and short-term outcomes

Predicting outcome in apsyxiated term infants using clincally availble paramters

Effects of early extubation in premature infants on chronic lung disease

Amplitude integrated EEG findings in neoantal stroke






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