The purpose of the Advisory Group is to guide and contribute to the strategic direction of the APRN. This will help the APRN enhance its capacity to lead evidence-based paediatric clinical practice as well as influence and contribute to national standards of child heatlh care, policy and guidelines. Specifically, the group comprises of 17 members who are active participants in research networks or institutions, higher education institutions, government bodies, or academic journals.
Dr Gervase Chaney is a full-time paediatrician at Princess Margaret Hospital for children (PMH) in Perth, Western Australia. He is the chairman of the Paediatric Medicine Clinical Care Unit and a general paediatrician with the Department of Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine. He was the President of the Paediatric and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2010 - 2012) and is on the boards of ARACH (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth) and Kidsafe WA.
Prof Paul Colditz is the Foundation Professor of Perinatal Medicine at the University of Queensland, Director of the Perinatal Research Centre and Deputy Director, UQ Centre for Clinical Research. He is a member of the Executive and Chair of the Research Committee, RACP Paediatric and Child Health Division. Prof Colditz has expertise in clinical developmental neuroscience and his multidisciplinary research group focuses on clinically important perinatal health problems. His experience in knowledge application includes commercialisation and the application of research knowledge to clinical practice and health policy.
Dr Margie Danchin is a general paediatrician and senior research fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute with research interests in vaccine clinical trials and vaccine safety and is a member of the Vaccine and Immunisation Research Group (VIRGo) and the Rotavirus Vaccine Research Group, MCRI. In the last four years her primary research focus has shifted to vaccine social science and to developing new interventions to address vaccine hesitancy to inform evidenced-based vaccine policy. She also has a keen interest in International Child Health and Health Services Research and is a member of the steering group for the Australian Paediatric Research Network, is co-convenor of the Victorian Clinician Researcher Network (VCRN) and a member of the Paediatric Research Committee (PRC) of the RACP.
Prof Richard Doherty is the Dean of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Following appointments as a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and Deputy Director of the Macfarlane Burnet Centre for Medical Research (now Burnet Institute) he was appointed Head of the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University in 1994. He remains a Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Monash University. His research interests have included basic and clinical virology, particularly of HIV, HTLV-I and Herpes Simplex virus as well as studies of immunological responses to viruses in vitro and in vaccine studies.
Prof Elizabeth Elliott is a Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney; Consultant Paediatrician at The Children's Hospital at Westmead; Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute; and a National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia Practitioner Fellow. She is Founder Director of the Australian Paediatric Surveillance Unit (APSU) and jointly leads Paediatriic Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance (PAEDS), a hospital-based inpatient system in tertiary paediatric hospitals in four states. She has a longstanding research interests in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)
Gary L. Freed MD, MPH is the new (as of July 1, 2013) Director of the Australian Health Workforce Institute (AHWI) at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Percy and Mary Murphy Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Professor of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Professor Freed stepped down in June 2013 as the Director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of the Children's Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit at the University of Michigan. He has over 20 years of experience in health services research and has been the principal investigator of numerous federal, state and foundation-funded grants including the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality, the CDC and the Medicaid Program. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles on health policy and health economics, immunizations, physician and patient behavior, the medical workforce and inter-specialty variation in the provision of preventive services. He has also conducted evaluation studies in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union, Japan and Israel. Prof Freed is the past President of the Society for Paediatric Research. He also serves on several national committees and is a member of the American Board of Paediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Paediatrics. He is a frequent consultant to state and federal agencies as well as the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization.
Prof Sally Green is Co-Director of the Australasian Cochrane Centre and a Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine from Monash University in addition to her clinical qualifications in Physiotherapy. She is an active Cochrane reviewer and has several competitively funded research projects.
Dr Heussler is a developmental, behavioural and sleep paediatrician who initially trained at University of Queensland and the Mater Children's Hospital before spending time in Melbourne at the RWH and the RCH (specifically MCRI). Her Doctorate in the Behavioural and Attentional consequences of Adenotonsillectomy was completed through the University of Nottingham. She has a significant role in teaching and assessment in the Paediatrics and Child Health rotation and has a strong interest in medical education. Her clinical work involves children with a variety of Developmental and Behavioural problems as well as a number of clinics that specialise in Sleep disorders for this population.
Harriet Hiscock is a paediatrician, Associate Director of Research, Director of Health Services Research and NHMRC postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre of Community Child Health, Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) and Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Her research focuses on prevention of infant colic and infant and child sleep, behaviour and mental health problem. She leads the Australian Paediatric Research Network. She is co-Director of the Unsettled Babies Clinic and RCH and sees infants and children with sleep, behaviour and developmental concerns in her private practice.
Prof Frank Oberklaid is the Founding Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne and a Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne. He is an internationally recognised researcher, author, lecturer and consultant. His current interests include early childhood development, prevention and early detection / early intervention, and especially how existing services to young children and families can be refocused and better co-ordinated to improve outcomes.
Prof Susan Prescott is a full time academic in the School of Paediatrics and Child Health at University of Western Australia. She is also a Paediatric Allergist and Immunologist at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. The main focus of her research group is the developing immune system during fetal and early postnatal life. She has a particular interest in the role of immune dysregulation in early life and the predisposition to a broad range of NCDs (noncommunicable diseases). Susan is also leading the establishment of the DOHaD (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease) Society of Australia and New Zealand.
A/Prof Gehan Roberts is the Associate Director of Clinical Services and a Developmental-Behavioural paediatrician at the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, and a NHMRC Principal Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. His research interests include the long term outcomes of preterm birth, intervention trials for children at risk of learning and developmental difficulties and health services research in the secondary care sector. Gehan is the current President of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia.
A/Prof Lena Sanci is the deputy head of the Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne and leads the Department's research program in young people's health in Primary Care. Her PhD was in the design and evaluation of a training intervention for GPs in adolescent health care principles. Lena also works one afternoon a week in a young people's sexual and reproductive health drop in clinic and continues to train GPs, medical students and allied health professionals in young people's health.
A/Prof Jill Sewell is a consultant paediatrician and Deputy Director of the Centre for Community Child Health. She is responsible for clinical services in developmental / behavioural paediatrics and oversees the Victorian Training Program in Community Child Health for advanced paediatric trainees. Her special clinical interests are in learning difficulties, language delay, autism spectrum, attention deficit disorder and other behavioural problem.
A/Prof Meredith Temple-Smith is the Director of Research Training in the General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre. She has a key role in VicReN, the Centre's general practice based primary care research network. She builds the research capacity of network members so they can participate in high quality research that will have an outcome in clinical effectiveness. She has been involved in delivering research training methods to a variety of audiences, including research higher degree students, practice nurses and medical practitioners. Her interests include sexual health, primary health care delivery, doctor patient interactions and health service research. She is also the Academic Lead on APCReN, the Australian Primary Care Research Network, an umbrella organisation for general practice based research networks across Australia, which is managed by the Australian Association for Academic Primary Care.
Consultant paediatrician Melissa Wake is the Associate Director of the Centre for Community Child Health and co-leader of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute's Community Health Services Research group; she co-founded the APRN with Prof Harriet Hiscock in 2007. Her research focus is on 'population paediatric' - how can universal, primary and secondary care providers make a difference to children's health and development, and what systems are needed to achieve this? Her numerous intervention trials are informed by her epidemiological studies. In focus areas of language and literacy, hearing loss, overweight and obesity, and early mental health. In 2013-2017 is leading Growing Up in Australia's Child Health CheckPoint, a cutting-edge physical biomarkers modules for the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children.
Les White was appointed as the inaugural NSW Chief Paediatrician in September 2010. He was Executive Director of Sydney Children's Hospital (1995-2010), President of Children's Hospitals Australasia (1999-2004), Convenor of the Greater Eastern and Southern NSW Child Health Network (2001-2010) and the John Beveridge Professor of Paediatrics (2005-2010). He was awarded a Doctorate of Science for research contributions related to childhood cancer and holds a Master of Health Administration. In 2007 he received an Order of Australia award for service to medicine, medical administration and the community in the field of paediatrics. Recent research interests have focused on health services for children with particular emphasis on progressing alliances of researchers and organisations on this theme.