Respiratory Services at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact details

Respiratory Secretary

  • Ph:  9382 1477   
  • Fax: 9382 1787

CF Clinic Coordinator

  • Ph: 9382 1476   
  • Fax: 9382 1539

Outpatients department

  • Ph: 9382 1470
  • Fax: 9382 1461

Respiratory Laboratory

  • Ph: 9382 1475  
  • Fax: 9382 0860

The Respiratory Service provides quality care, research, education and training to support children with complex respiratory disease and their families.

Respiratory services

We provide the following specialist services.

Respiratory Support Service

  • Domiciliary oxygen

Respiratory Laboratory Services

  • Spirometry (with bronchodilatation response for children with conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis and Asthma)
  • Complex Respiratory function tests, e.g. Lung Volumes (Plethysmography), diffusion studies (DLCO), Multiple Breath Washout (LCI)
  • Mannitol Bronchial Challenge testing
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Nitric Oxide: exhaled eNO & Nasal eNO
  • Respiratory muscle strength testing: MIP (Maximal Inspiratory Pressures), MEP (Maximal Expiratory Pressures), SNIP (Sniff Nasal Inspiratory Pressure) & CPF (Cough peak flow)
  • Evaluation of arterial oxygen by overnight oximetry
  • Skin reactivity to common allergens (aeroallergens only)
  • Hypoxic Challenge (simulated aircraft cabin testing at 15% oxygen)

Special Services

  • Bronchoscopy services, flexible fibro-optic bronchoscopy are performed on appropriate cases
  • Coordination of multi-disciplinary clinics for Cystic Fibrosis, Tracheo Oesophageal Fistula (TOF), Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), and Infant Respiratory complications. 

Referrals and appointments

Respiratory Clinic referrals

Our department specialises in complex respiratory conditions. If your child has a chest condition and requires a clinic appointment, you will need to request a referral from your general practitioner or paediatrician and fax it to us. Please include your child's full name, address and date of birth.

When the referral is received and processed by the clinic, you will receive a letter with the details of your child's appointment.

Like more information?

Call the Outpatients Department on 9382 1470

Lung function referrals

If you receive a referral from your general practitioner or paediatrician requesting a Lung Function test, please call Respiratory Medicine on 9382 1475 to make an appointment.

Medicare card holders are bulk-billed for consultations and associated tests.

Respiratory clinic


  • Morning: Dr Chaten Pandit and Respiratory Fellow
  • Mid-morning: Dr Yvonne Belessis


  • Mid-morning: TBA


  • Mid-morning: Dr Andrew Numa

High-risk Asthma clinic


  • Afternoon: TBA

Cystic Fibrosis Clinic


  • Morning: Cystic Fibrosis Annual Review Clinic


  • Clinic all day

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Clinic

Thursdays (fortnightly)

  • Afternoon: Dr Sandra Chuang

Neuromuscular Clinic


  • Clinic all day

Education and training schedule

This information is for trainee clinicians.

Monday afternoons

  • JMO teaching

Tuesday afternoons

  • POWH xray
  • Young Investigator meeting

Wednesday mornings

  •   SCH ENT/Respiratory Meeting (monthly)
  •   SCH Respiratory Journal Club
  •   SCH Grand Rounds

Friday mornings

  •   SCH Sleep Meeting and SCH Xray Meeting (alt fortnights)
  •   Respiratory Teaching and Reporting

Education and training opportunities are available in the Respiratory Department and the Hospital. The General Paediatric Fellow coordinates teaching opportunities and communicates the week's activities.

The Department accepts visiting doctors with an interest in respiratory medicine.

All enquiries from visiting medical personnel should be addressed to the Chief RMO. 


Senior Medical Staff

  • Prof Adam Jaffe: Staff Specialist in Respiratory Medicine, Director of Respiratory Research and Clinical Governance
  • Dr Yvonne Belessis: Staff Specialist in Respiratory Medicine, Director of Cystic Fibrosis ServicesHead of Oesophageal Atresia/Tracheo-oesophageal Fistula Multidisciplinary Clinic
  • Dr Sandra Chuang: Staff Specialist in Respiratory Medicine, Head of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Clinic
  • Dr Andrew Numa: Staff Specialist in Respiratory Medicine, Director of Intensive Care
  • Dr Penelope Field: Visiting Staff Specialist in Respiratory Medicine, Program Director for Cardiopulmonary Exercise testing
  • Dr Louisa Owens: Staff Specialist in Respiratory Medicine, Director Respiratory Laboratory


  • Amanda Thomsen: CNC Cystic Fibrosis
  • Sandra Wale: CNC Respiratory (Mon, Tues)
  • Melinda Gray: CNC Asthma 
  • Christine Burns: CNC Asthma

Respiratory Scientists

  • Jamie McBride: Senior Respiratory Scientist
  • Leanne Plush: Respiratory Scientist
  • Yvette Mechin: Respiratory Scientist

Allied Health

  • Michael Doumit: Respiratory physiotherapist
  • Tamarah Katz: Dietician
  • Alison Curby: Social Worker
  • Megan Lang: Clinical Psychologist
  • Carolyn Shalhoub: Genetic Counsellor


  • Roxanne Strachan: Research Co-ordinator

 Support Staff

  • Rhonda Bell: Cystic Fibrosis Clinic Coordinator
  • Maria Lozano: Respiratory Medicine Secretary
  • Sarimon Jurie: Respiratory Laboratory Administration Officer