Dr Meredith Ward
AGE 47 NEONATOLOGIST, ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR WOMEN AND CLINICIAN AT CHEMICAL USE I N PREGNANCY SERVICE
Dr Ward is a neonatologist who cares for the tiniest and sickest babies in intensive care but is also part of team investigating safer drugs for addicted pregnant women to minimise risks to their unborn babies.
“There are two different opioid replacements,” she said.
“One is buprenorphine, which you don’t need to take every day, but not great evidence on safety concerns.
“We also have safety concerns about how safe methadone is for the baby’s brain during pregnancy. We need to see which is the safer drug to use.”
Growing up in the Blue Mountains, Dr Ward was fortunate enough to have a father who was a scientist at the CSIRO.
“He’d take me to work and I’d hang out at the lab, so I grew up with the concept of science,” she said.
Dr Ward is a mother of two. “I want the world to be a fair and just and happier place and when I have ideas that might help with that, I explore them,” she said.