Ms Barbara Elizabeth Cormack

Dip HSc, MHSc, NZ Registered Dietitian

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Barbara Cormack graduated MHSC with 1st class honours from the University of Auckland in 2012. She leads the team of the Paediatric Dietitians at Starship Children’s Health at Auckland City Hospital in New Zealand and works as a Neonatal Specialist Dietitian at National Women’s Health.
She is the author of the Neonatal and Infant Nutrition Handbook (now in its 4rd Edition). 

Research | Current

PhD topic: Does better early nutrition in preterm babies improve growth and neurodevelopment?

Supervisors: Professors Frank Bloomfield and Caroline Crowther

The ProVIDE Study

Protein IVN: Impact on Development

Does better early nutrition in preterm babies improve development?
The ProVIDE Study is a multicentre, two-arm, double-blind, placebo controlled randomised trial.

Chief Investigator: Professor Frank Bloomfield

Primary Investigator: Barbara Cormack

Aim: To determine in extremely low birthweight babies (birthweight < 1000g) whether an extra 1 g protein per day for the first 5 days after birth will improve survival free of neurodisability at age 2 years; (ii) improve body composition and (iii) prevent faltering growth at hospital discharge.

Intervention: All participants will receive normal neonatal intensive care and intravenous nutrition in accordance with established NICU guidelines in each centre. The control group will receive a 0.45% saline solution via the umbilical arterial catheter (UAC) according to current clinical practice. The intervention group will receive a UAC solution of 8.5% TrophAmine (an amino acid solution providing ~1 g to 2 g/Kg.d protein). 

Eligibility criteria: Babies born with a birthweight of less than 1000 g in whom a clinical decision to place an umbilical arterial catheter has been made and whose parents/caregivers have given written informed consent.

Number of participants required: 430

Date recruitment started: 29 May 2014

Date recruitment finished/planned: June 2017

Funding source: Health Research Council of New Zealand, Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development, A+ Trust, Cure Kids, Lottery Grants Board and the Nurture Foundation.

Teaching | Current


2011- to 2014

Dietitians Board Dietitian Prescribing Training Course Coordinator and workshop lecturer for Dietitian Prescriber endorsement to scope of practice for, New Zealand

2013 – to present

Neonatal nutrition and paediatric cardiology and nutrition, Master of Health Sciences in Nutrition and Dietetics students, University of Auckland

2010 – to present

Neonatal nutrition and paediatric cardiology and nutrition, Masters of Dietetics students, Otago University

2002 - to present

Neonatal nutrition and paediatric cardiology and nutrition, Postgraduate Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics, Melbourne

2002 - to 2012

Paediatric nutrition, Postgraduate Diploma of Dietetics students - tutorials 

2000 - to 2012

Clinical placements teacher, Postgraduate Diploma of Dietetics students on clinical placement at Auckland City Hospital

2000 - to present

Neonatal nutrition, Neonatal Nursing Students Course, Auckland City Hospital

2002 - to present

Neonatal nutrition, Massey University, Neonatal Science and Clinical Care of the Neonate 2 paper, Auckland

2002 - to present

Neonatal nutrition, Neonatal Requirements and Supplements, Regular in-service education lectures, Paediatric registrars, Auckland City Hospital

2002 - to present

Neonatal nutrition, Regular in-service education lectures, Neonatal nurses, Auckland City Hospital         

2002 - to present

Paediatric cardiology and nutrition, Regular inservice education lectures, Paediatric nurses, Starship Children’s Health Auckland City Hospital

2008 - to present

Nutrition for Infants and Children with Congenital Heart Disease,
Post Graduate Nurses 730 Cardiac Specialty Paper, School of Nursing, Auckland University

2008 - to present

Post-surgical chylothorax, Post Graduate Nurses 730 Cardiac Specialty Paper, School of Nursing, Auckland University


Postgraduate supervision

Supervision of Masters and Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics Students, Otago University and Massey University

Feeding Practices and Growth of Preterm Infants discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Auckland City Hospital until Twelve Months Corrected Age, Jennifer Vitali 2014

Vitamin D Status of Preterm Infants at 4 Months Post Hospital Discharge, Briar Emmett, 2013

Iron Status of Preterm Infants after Hospital Discharge, Charlotte Moor, 2013

A case controlled study of the perinatal outcomes following hyperemesis gravidarum, Robyn Coetzee, 2009

The Development of a Nutrition Screening Tool for Lactating Mothers of Preterm Infants, Lisa Clark, 2006

Development of “Eating for a healthy heart” nutrition education resource for Green Lane Hospital cardiology patients, Anna Cheyne, 2001



2013    Allied Health Award – Research Award, Auckland District Health Board

2012    Award of Excellence – Dietitians New Zealand


Clinical Lead - Paediatrics Dietitians

Starship Child Health

ProVIDe Study Coordinator

Areas of expertise

Neonatal nutrition

Committees/Professional groups/Services


2006 - 2013

New Zealand Dietitians Board Member

Dietitian Prescribing Project - Convenor

Registration and Assessment Subcommittee

Education and Accreditation Subcommittee

Continuing Competence Subcommittee

2007 - 2009         

Review Committee Member - Registration Competency Requirements for Dietitians

2009 - 2012

Convenor - Working Group on Application for Prescribing Rights for NZ Dietitians

2006 - present

Nutricia Paediatric Advisory Board Australasia - Member

2007 - present

Nestle Nutrition Institute Paediatric Advisory Board Oceania - Member


Organiser - Two day Paediatric Nutrition Course for Dietitians, Auckland


Organiser - Paediatric Nutrition Study Day for Dietitians, Auckland


Examiner - NZ Dietitians Registration Exam

2001 - present

Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand member

2000 - present

Dietitians NZ Paediatric Special Interest Group member

2000 - present

Auckland Paediatric Dietitians Group member

2000 - 2001

Dietitians NZ Professional Development Sub-committee member

1990 - 1993

Convenor, Dietitians NZ Position Paper Sub-committee

1990 - 1992

Dietitians NZ Industrial Relations Sub-committee member

1988 - present

Dietitians NZ - National and Auckland Branch member


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Alternative contact

Neonatal/Paediatric Dietitian
Charge Dietitian - Clinical Quality, Nutrition Services, Office 2, Level 8. Room 81.038 Support Building, Auckland City Hospital, Private Bag 920 24, Auckland, New Zealand
Tel +64 9 307 4949 Ext 23351 Mobile 021 915158  

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 2, Room 201
New Zealand

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