Respiratory Services at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

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Contact details

Respiratory Secretary - Swarnalatha (Latha) Pandya

CF Clinic Coordinator - Rhonda Bell

Outpatients department

Respiratory Laboratory

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

Aiming for Asthma Improvement in Children (AAIC) is a NSW state-wide program coordinated by Clinical Nurse Consultants from Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick, Respiratory Department. 

Respiratory services

Respiratory Support Service

  • Domiciliary oxygen

Respiratory Laboratory Services

  • Spirometry (with bronchodilator 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)
  • Bronchial Challenge testing: Mannitol
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing
  • Nitric Oxide: exhaled eNO & Nasal eNO (to exclude PCD)
  • 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 Prick Testing (aeroallergens only)
  • Hypoxic Challenge testing: (simulated aircraft cabin testing at 15% oxygen)
  • Respiratory Oscillometry
  • Transcutaneuous CO2 monitoring

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), Bronchiectasis, Complex Asthma, Neuromuscular disorders, long-term ventilation and Infant Respiratory complications. 

Referrals and appointments

Respiratory Clinic referrals for families

Our department specialises in complex respiratory conditions.

If your child has a chest condition and requires a clinic appointment, you'll need a referral from your general practitioner or Paediatrician.

Please note: we do not accept GP referrals for asthma and these should be directed to a General Paediatrician.

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

Lung function referrals

If you receive a referral from your Paediatrician or GP requesting a Lung Function test, please call the Respiratory Medicine Unit on 9382 1475 or email: SCHN-SCHRespiratoryLab@health.nsw.gov.au to make an appointment.

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

Triage process for referring clinicians

We prioritise children from Priority Populations including:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities
  • children living with a disability
  • children living in out-of-home-care 

Please let us know if your patient meets any of these criteria. Please indicate if interpreter services are required and specify the language.

Like more information?

Call the Outpatients Department on 9382 1470

Respiratory clinics

Monday

  • Morning: Dr Yvonne Belessis Clinics: General Respiratory and Bleomycin/COVID clinics (alt weekly)
  • Afternoon: Oesophageal Atresia-Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula Clinic (Fortnightly)

Tuesday

  • Morning: Cystic Fibrosis Annual Review (Weekly)
  • Morning: Dr Bernadette Prentice Respiratory Clinic (Weekly)
  • Morning: Respiratory Fellow Clinic (Weekly)
  • Afternoon: Complex Asthma Clinic - Dr Louisa Owens (Monthly)
  • Afternoon: High-Risk Asthma Clinic - Dr Louisa Owens (Monthly)
  • Afternoon: Bronchiectasis Clinic - Dr Bernadette Prentice (Monthly)

Wednesday

  • Morning: Cystic Fibrosis Clinic (Weekly)
  • Morning: Dr Mimi Lu Respiratory Clinic (weekly)

Thursday

  • Afternoon: Congenital Lung Clinic - Dr Sandra Chuang (Fortnightly)

Friday

  • Morning: Dr Louisa Owens Respiratory Clinic (Weekly)
  • Morning: Respiratory Fellow Clinic (Weekly)
  • Morning: Neuromuscular Clinic - Dr Sandra Chuang (Weekly)
  • Mid-morning: Chest Wall Surgical Clinic - Dr Sandra Chuang (Fortnightly)
  • Afternoon: Tracheostomy Clinic - Dr Mimi Lu (Monthly

Meet our Senior Medical Staff

Dr Louisa Owens MBBCh, MRCPI, FRACP

  • Paediatric Respiratory Staff Specialist
  • Head of Respiratory Dept & Director of Respiratory Laboratory 
  • Outpatient clinics for general respiratory conditions, high-risk Asthma, complex Asthma and Cystic Fibrosis
  • Conjoint Associate Lecturer, School of Clinical Medicine, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, UNSW Medicine & Health

Read more about Louisa on the UNSW website


Prof Adam Jaffe BSc (Hons) MD FRCP FRCPCH FRACP FThorSoc

  • Paediatric Respiratory Specialist
  • John Beveridge Professor of Paediatrics UNSW, Head, Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Head of Randwick Clinical Campus 
  • Outpatient clinics for Cystic Fibrosis

Read more about Adam on the UNSW website


Dr Yvonne Belessis MBBS (Hons) FRACP MPH PhD

  • Paediatric Respiratory Specialist
  • Director of flexible bronchoscopy services
  • Outpatient clinics for general respiratory conditions, Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis, Trachea-oesophageal fistulas, Bleomycin and COVID
  • Conjoint Associate Lecturer, School of Clinical Medicine, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, UNSW Medicine & Health

Read more about Yvonne on the UNSW website


Dr Sandra Chuang MBBS (Hons) FRACP MPH PhD AFHEA

  • Paediatric Respiratory Specialist
  • Clinical Academic Respiratory Medicine, Lecturer UNSW
  • Outpatient clinics for congenital lung disorders, neuromuscular disorders, Surgical chest wall, general respiratory conditions and Cystic Fibrosis

Read more about Sandra on the UNSW website


Dr Bernadette Prentice BSc (medicine) MBBS(Hons) FRACP MPH PhD

  • Paediatric Respiratory Staff Specialist
  • Director of Cystic Fibrosis Services
  • Outpatient clinics for general respiratory conditions, Bronchiectasis and Cystic Fibrosis
  • Conjoint Associate Lecturer, School of Clinical Medicine, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, UNSW Medicine & Health

Read more about Bernadette on the ResearchGate website


Dr Penny Field MBBS MD FRACP

  • Paediatric Respiratory Specialist and Visiting Medical Officer
  • Director of Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing 
  • Outpatient clinics for cystic fibrosis

Read more about Penny on the ResearchGate website


 

Dr Mimi Lu

  • Paediatric Respiratory Specialist
  • General Respiratory Clinic and Tracheostomy clinic

Read more about Mimi on the ResearchGate website


A/Prof Keith Ooi MBBS, Dip Paeds, PhD, FRACP, AGAF


Respiratory Fellow/s

Dr Jen Schaefer MBBS/BMedSc, DipCH, MPH&TM

  • Clinical Fellow in Respiratory Medicine


    Dr Ryan Mackle (PhD Fellow) MB BCh BAO

    • Respiratory Clinics: (Tues) Fellow; Complex Asthma, High-Risk Asthma, Bronchectasis
    • PhD Candidate: Evaluating the impact, implementation, and cost-effectiveness of comprehensive technology-enabled asthma care for children within NSW. Commencing February 2022, UNSW.

    https://asthma.org.au/what-we-do/research/our-impact/our-projects/virtua...


    Dr Megan Frolich (PhD Fellow) MBBS MPH 

    • Respiratory Clinics: (Tues) Bronchectasis & PCD clinics
    • PhD Candidate: Application of novel personalised medicine tools to understand treatment mechanisms in Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia. Commencing February 2023, UNSW. 
       

Meet our Nursing staff

Amanda Thompson

  • Clinical Nurse Consultant Cystic Fibrosis

Michael Purcell

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist Cystic Fibrosis & Respiratory

Melinda Gray


Roxanne Strachan 

Meet our Respiratory Scientists

Jamie McBride BSc GradCertPRS

  • Senior Respiratory Scientist
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Conjoint Associate Lecturer, School of Clinical Medicine, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, UNSW Medicine & Health
  • UNSW Clinical Placement Supervisor - ExPhys

Read more about Jamie on the UNSW website


Leanne Plush BSc MClinExPhys


Emma Coward BClinExerPhys

  • Respiratory Scientist
  • UNSW Clinical Placement Supervisor - ExPhys

Meet our Allied Health staff

Michael Doumit

Read more about Michael on the Macquarie University website

Ayesha Delaney

  • Physiotherapist

Tamarah Katz

  • Senior Paediatric Dietitian
  • Conjoint Associate Lecturer, School of Clinical Medicine, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, UNSW Medicine & Health

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tamarah-Katz


Carolyn Shalhoub BSc(Hons) GrapDip(Counselling)

  • Senior Genetic Counsellor
  • Conjoint Lecturer, School of Clinical Medicine, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, UNSW Medicine & Health

Emily Sharpe 

  • Clinical Psychologist

Meet our Respiratory Research staff

Dr Laura Fawcett MBBS FRACP 

  • Paediatric Staff Specialist 
  • SCH Clinical Trials Medical Lead
  • Conjoint Associate Lecturer, School of Clinical Medicine, Discipline of Paediatrics & Child Health, UNSW Medicine & Health
  • PhD Candidate: Drug efficacy prediction in Cystic Fibrosis individuals through the development of personalised cell models'
  • https://med.unsw.edu.au/our-people/laura-fawcett

Dr Nusrat Homaira MBBS, MPH,PHD

  • Senior Lecturer and NHMRC Early Career Fellow, School of Clinical Medicine, UNSW Medicine & Health
  • Respiratory Researcher, Sydney Children’s Hospital
  • Adjunct Faculty, James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh
  • https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/dr-nusrat-homaira

Dr Shafagh Waters PhD

Meet our Support staff

Rhonda Bell

  • Cystic Fibrosis Clinic Coordinator

Latha Pandya 

  • Secretary Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

Suzanne McNicholas 

  • Receptionist Paediatric Respiratory Laboratory

Education and training schedule

This information is for trainee clinicians.

Monday afternoons

  • JMO teaching

Tuesday afternoons

  • POWH xray
  • Young Investigator meeting

Wednesdays

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

Friday mornings

  • SCH Sleep Meeting and SCH Xray Meeting (alt fortnights)

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.

Respiratory Department Research

1. Molecular and Integrative Cystic Fibrosis (MiCF) Research Centre 

Our overall goal is to be at the forefront of translational research bridging between omic data to functional characterization and applied research in disease states (such as cystic fibrosis, asthma and COPD), and pharmacokinetics. Our lab is interested in understanding the processes at the cellular and molecular level in regulation of epithelial cell biology and how the breakdown of this regulation leads to pathogenesis of disease such as Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

https://www.wch.med.unsw.edu.au/micf-research-centre

http://www.kidsresearch.org.au/research/micf-research-centre-%C2%AE

2. ImpACT Childhood asthma: Improving quality, access and equity of childhood asthma care

The problem: Sam, 5 years old, presented 6 times in 12 months to the emergency department of Sydney Children’s Hospital with an asthma attack.  Sam is not the only one. Asthma is the most common chronic condition in Australian children.  1 in every 10-school aged children in Australia has asthma that leads to 20,000 unscheduled hospital presentation and costs the Australian Health system ~AUD300 million annually.

Our promise:  At SCH our team develops, implements and evaluates model of asthma care that can improve the health outcomes in children with asthma and reduce the significant burden of avoidable asthma hospital presentations.

Our team members: Dr Nusrat Homaira, Dr Louisa Owens, Melinda Gray, Prof Adam Jaffe, Roxanne Strachan, Mei Chan, Dr Ryan Mackle, Dr Mahbubur Rashid.

Ongoing projects:

1. Comprehensive Community-based Care Coordination for Management of Paediatric Asthma (CoMPAs) (PhD project)

2. Asthma care from home: Implementation and evaluation of a technology-enabled flexible model of care for children in rural NSW (PhD project)

3. Reducing burden of paediatric asthma readmission in NSW (PhD Project)

4. Parents’ understanding of the Asthma Action Plan

5. Impact of multidisciplinary asthma clinic on asthma outcomes in children with difficult-to-treat asthma

6. Impact of COVID-19 on disease severity in children with asthma

Funding partners: Rotary Club of Sydney Cove, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, Asthma Australia and NSW Ministry of Health

Our Recent Publications - 2022

Daytime predictors of nocturnal hypercapnic hypoventilation in children with neuromuscular disorders. Frohlich M; Widger J;Thambipillay G; Teng A; Farrar M; Chuang S, 2022, Pediatric Pulmonologyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ppul.25890

Telehealth application of an ultrasonic home spirometer, Doumit M; Ledwos R; Plush L; Chuang S; Gray M; Jaffe A; McBride J, 2022, ARCHIVES OF DISEASE IN CHILDHOOD http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2021-322536

Genomic testing for children with interstitial and diffuse lung disease (chILD): Parent satisfaction, understanding and health-related quality of life. Kelada L; Wakefield C; Vidic N; Armstrong DS; Bennetts B; Boggs K; Christodoulou J; Harrison J; Ho G; Kapur N; Lindsey-Temple S; McDonald T; Mowat D; Schultz A; Selvadurai H; Tai A; Jaffe A, 2022, , BMJ Open Respiratory Research, vol. 9  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjresp-2021-001139

RSV Epidemiology in Australia Before and During COVID-19. Saravanos GL; Hu N; Homaira N; Muscatello DJ; Jaffe A; Bartlett AW; Wood NJ; Rawlinson W; Kesson A; Lingam R; Britton PN, 2022, Pediatrics, vol. 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-053537

Transplacental transfer of RSV antibody in Australian First Nations infants. Homaira N; Binks M; Walker G; Larter N; Clark K; Campbell M; McHugh L; Briggs N; Nyiro J; Stelzer-Braid S; Hu N; Macartney K; Snelling T; Omer SB; Rawlinson W; Andrews R; Jaffe A, 2022, Journal of Medical Virology, vol. 94, pp. 782 - 786, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jmv.27383

Development and validation of a risk score to identify children at risk of life-threatening asthma. Lee M; Bogdanova Y; Chan M; Owens L; Wales S; Gray M; Burns C; Briggs N; Jaffe A; Homaira N, 2022, Journal of Asthma, vol. 59, pp. 105 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02770903.2020.1841224

Molecular Dynamics and Theratyping in Airway and Gut Organoids Reveal R352Q-CFTR Conductance Defect. Wong SL; Awatade NT; Astore MA; Allan KM; Carnell MJ; Slapetova I; Chen P-C; Setiadi J; Pandzic E; Fawcett LK; Widger JR; Whan RM; Griffith R; Ooi CY; Kuyucak S; Jaffe A; Waters SA, 2022, ', Am J Respir Cell MolBiolhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1165/rcmb.2021-0337OC

Molecular dynamics and functional characterization of I37R-CFTR lasso mutation provide insights into channel gating activity. Wong SL; Awatade NT; Astore MA; Allan KM; Carnell MJ; Slapetova I; Chen PC; Capraro A; Fawcett LK; Whan RM; Griffith R; Ooi CY; Kuyucak S; Jaffe A; Waters SA, 2022, iScience, vol. 25, pp. 103710 - 103710, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2021.103710

Air-Liquid-Interface Differentiated Human Nose Epithelium: A Robust Primary Tissue Culture Model of SARS-CoV-2 Infection. Tran BM; Grimley SL; McAuley JL; Hachani A; Earnest L; Wong SL; Caly L; Druce J; Purcell DFJ; Jackson DC; Catton M; Nowell CJ; Leonie L; Deliyannis G; Waters SA; Torresi J; Vincan E, 2022,International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 23, pp. 835 - 835, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms23020835

Computer modelling the root cause of cystic fibrosis. Astore MA; Chen P-C; Waters S; Kuyucak S, 2022, Biophysical Journal, vol. 121, pp. 506a - 506a, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bpj.2021.11.268

MacKintosh JA; Pietsch M; Lutzky V; Enever D; Bancroft S; Apte SH; Tan M; Yerkovich ST; Dickinson JL; Pickett HA; Selvadurai H; Grainge C; Goh NS; Hopkins P; Glaspole I; Reynolds PN; Wrobel J; Jaffe A; Corte TJ; Chambers DC, 2021, 'TELO-SCOPE study: A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2 trial of danazol for short telomere related pulmonary fibrosis', BMJ Open Respiratory Research, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjresp-2021-001127

Child and caregiver experiences and perceptions of asthma self-management. Kelada L; Molloy CJ; Hibbert P; Wiles LK; Gardner C; Klineberg E; Braithwaite J; Jaffe A, 2021, , npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 31, pp. 42, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41533-021-00253-9

Community-based interventions for childhood asthma using comprehensive approaches: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Chan M; Gray M; Burns C; Owens L; Woolfenden S; Lingam R; Jaffe A; Homaira N, 2021,Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13223-021-00522-9

Parent-Collected Oropharyngeal Swabs in Cystic Fibrosis. Doumit M; Cox A; Butler J; Luxton N; Jaffe A; Chuang S, 2021, PEDIATRICS, vol. 148, http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-053822

Parent/carers' opinions about COVID-19 vaccination for children with chronic lung diseases. Homaira N; Chan M; Owens L;Thomsen A; Gray M;Chuang S; Prentice B; Belessis Y; Islam S; Foster J; Jaffe A, 2021,Health Science Reports, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hsr2.410

Parent-Collected Oropharyngeal Swabs in Cystic Fibrosis. Doumit M; Cox A; Butler J; Luxton N; Jaffe A; Chuang S, 2021, Pediatricshttp://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2021-053822

Collection, expansion, and differentiation of primary human nasal epithelial cell models for quantification of cilia beat frequency. Allan KM; Wong SL; Fawcett LK; Capraro A; Jaffe A; Herbert C; Pandzic E; Waters SA, 2021, Journal of Visualized Experimentshttp://dx.doi.org/10.3791/63090

A systematic cochrane review of probiotics for people with cystic fibrosis. Coffey MJ; Garg M; Homaira N; Jaffe A; Ooi CY, 2021, Paediatric Respiratory Reviews, vol. 39, pp. 61 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.prrv.2020.06.020

Surfactant protein disorders in childhood interstitial lung disease. Singh J; Jaffe A; Schultz A; Selvadurai H, 2021, European Journal of Pediatrics, vol. 180, pp. 2711 - 2721, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00431-021-04066-3

Detecting pertussis in the pediatric population using respiratory sound events and CNN. Sharan RV; Berkovsky S; Navarro DF; Xiong H; Jaffe A, 2021, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, vol. 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bspc.2021.102722

Mind the Gap: Yet More Evidence for the Importance of Education for Children With Uncontrolled Asthma. Homaira N; Jaffe A, 2021, American journal of public health, vol. 111, pp. 1183 - 1185, http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2021.306319

Rare diseases research and policy in Australia: On the journey to equitable care. Bhattacharya K; Millis N; Jaffe A; Zurynski Y, 2021, , Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, vol. 57, pp. 778 - 781, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jpc.15507

Assessing the impact of the 13 valent pneumococcal vaccine on childhood empyema in Australia. Strachan R; Homaira N; Beggs S; Bhuiyan MU; Gilbert GL; Lambert SB; Macartney K; Marshall H; Martin AC; McCallum GB; McCullagh A; McDonald T; McIntyre P; Oftadeh S; Ranganathan S; Suresh S; Wainwright CE; Wilson A; Wong M; Snelling T; Jaffé A, 2021, Thorax, vol. 76, pp. 487 - 493, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-216032

Antibiotic use for acute respiratory infections among under-5 children in Bangladesh: A population-based survey. Hassan MZ; Monjur MR; Biswas MAAJ; Chowdhury F; Kafi MAH; Braithwaite J; Jaffe A; Homaira N, 2021, BMJ Global Health, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjgh-2020-004010

Ageing impairs the airway epithelium defence response to SARS-CoV-2. Capraro A; Wong S; Adhikari A; Allan K; Patel H; Zhong L; Raftery M; Jaffe A; Yeang M; Aggarwal A; Wu L; Pandzic E; Whan R; Turville S; Vittorio O; Bull R; Kaakoush N; Rawlinson W; Tedla N; Vafaee F; Waters S, 2021, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2021.04.05.437453

Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes and lung disease: An update. Prentice BJ; Jaffe A; Hameed S; Verge CF; Waters S; Widger J, 2021, , European Respiratory Review, vol. 30, pp. 200293 - 200293, http://dx.doi.org/10.1183/16000617.0293-2020

Rate of use and effectiveness of oseltamivir in the treatment of influenza illness in high-risk populations: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Shim SJ; Chan M; Owens L; Jaffe A; Prentice B; Homaira N, 2021, Health Science Reports, vol. 4, pp. e241, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hsr2.241

Prevention and management of respiratory disease in young people with cerebral palsy: consensus statement. Gibson N; Blackmore AM; Chang AB; Cooper MS; Jaffe A; Kong WR; Langdon K; Moshovis L; Pavleski K; Wilson AC, 2021, , Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, vol. 63, pp. 172 - 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dmcn.14640

Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis: From Gene- to Cell-Based Therapies. Allen K; Jaffe A; Waters S, 2021, Frontiers in Pharmacologyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2021.639475

Epidemiology of COVID-19 infection in young children under five years: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Bhuiyan MU; Stiboy E; Hassan MZ; Chan M; Islam MS; Haider N; Jaffe A; Homaira N, 2021, Vaccine, vol. 39, pp. 667 - 677, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.11.078

Significant functional differences in differentiated Conditionally Reprogrammed (CRC)- and Feeder-free Dual SMAD inhibited-expanded human nasal epithelial cells. Awatade N; Wong S; Capraro A; Pandzic E; Slapetova I; Zhong L; Fawcett L; Whan R; Jaffe A; Waters S, 2021, Journal of Cystic Fibrosishttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcf.2020.12.019

Assessment of variation in care following hospital discharge for children with acute asthma. Chan M; Gray M; Burns C; Owens L; Jaffe A; Homaira N, 2021, Journal of Asthma and Allergy, vol. 14, pp. 797 - 808, http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/JAA.S311721

Avatar acceptability: views from the Australian Cystic Fibrosis community on the use of personalised organoid technology to guide treatment decisions. Fawcett LK; Wakefield CE; Sivam S; Middleton PG; Wark P; Widger J; Jaffe A; Waters SA, 2021, , ERJ OPEN RESEARCH, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00448-2020

Integrated care initiative to improve management of paediatric asthma. Homaira N; Altman L; Hodgson S; Wales S; Gray M; Burns C; Owens L; Breen C; Plaister M; Flynn A; Andresen J; Keane K; Wheeler K; Jaffe A; Dickins E; Woolfenden S, 2021, , INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INTEGRATED CARE, vol. 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ijic.s4093

Mesenchymal Stem Cell exosome delivered Zinc Finger Protein activation of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. Villamizar O; Waters SA; Scott T; Grepo N; Jaffe A; Morris KV, 2021, Journal of Extracellular Vesicles, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jev2.12053

Siblings of young people with chronic illness: Caring responsibilities and psychosocial functioning. Kelada L; Wakefield CE; Drew D; Ooi CY; Palmer EE; Bye A; De Marchi S; Jaffe A; Kennedy S, 2021, , Journal of Child Health Care, pp.13674935211033466,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/13674935211033466

WS02.4 Evaluating the role of short chain fatty acids in cystic fibrosis. van Dorst J; McKay I; Coffey M; Doumit M; Paida K; Jaffe A; Thomas T; Katz T; Ooi CY, 2021, Journal of Cystic Fibrosis, vol. 20, pp. S4 - S4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s1569-1993(21)00924-3

Multi-omics of the esophageal microenvironment identifies signatures associated with progression of Barrett’s esophagus. Deshpande NP; Riordan SM; Gorman CJ; Nielsen S; Russell TL; Correa-Ospina C; Fernando BSM; Waters SA; Castaño-Rodríguez N; Man SM; Tedla N; Wilkins MR; Kaakoush NO, 2021, Genome Medicine, vol. 13, pp. 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13073-021-00951-6

Collection, expansion, and differentiation of primary human nasal epithelial cell models for quantification of cilia beat frequency. Allan KM; Wong SL; Fawcett LK; Capraro A; Jaffe A; Herbert C; Pandzic E; Waters SA, 2021, , Journal of Visualized Experimentshttp://dx.doi.org/10.3791/63090

Ageing impairs the airway epithelium defence response to SARS-CoV-2. Capraro A; Wong S; Adhikari A; Allan K; Patel H; Zhong L; Raftery M; Jaffe A; Yeang M; Aggarwal A; Wu L; Pandzic E; Whan R; Turville S; Vittorio O; Bull R; Kaakoush N; Rawlinson W; Tedla N; Vafaee F; Waters S, 2021, , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2021.04.05.437453

Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes and lung disease: An update. Prentice BJ; Jaffe A; Hameed S; Verge CF; Waters S; Widger J, 2021, , European Respiratory Review, vol. 30, pp. 200293 - 200293,  http://dx.doi.org/10.1183/16000617.0293-2020

Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis: From Gene- to Cell-Based Therapies. Allen K; Jaffe A; Waters S, 2021, Frontiers in Pharmacologyhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fphar.2021.639475

Significant functional differences in differentiated Conditionally Reprogrammed (CRC)- and Feeder-free Dual SMAD inhibited-expanded human nasal epithelial cells. Awatade N; Wong S; Capraro A; Pandzic E; Slapetova I; Zhong L; Fawcett L; Whan R; Jaffe A; Waters S, 2021, Journal of Cystic Fibrosishttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcf.2020.12.019

Mesenchymal Stem Cell exosome delivered Zinc Finger Protein activation of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator. Villamizar O; Waters SA; Scott T; Grepo N; Jaffe A; Morris KV, 2021 Journal of Extracellular Vesicles, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jev2.12053

Respiratory Department Fundraising

The Respiratory Team at Sydney Children's Hospital are working hard every day to look after children with respiratory diseases to help find cures for rare lung diseases and support those who struggle to breathe, so that these children can live their best lives.

Our Goal: To fight for every child who struggles to breathe. To see them, even though their conditions are invisible. To find answers, no matter how impossible the questions. To push for cures that haven’t been found. And bring ‘normal’ to every child.

Many of the conditions that we treat are invisible, yet have a huge impact on the lives of our patients and their families – attending school or daycare, going on school camp, participating in sport, exclusion from social groups, loss of a normal childhood. Around 50% of emergency admissions to a children’s hospital are for Respiratory issues.

Your donations can help to fund new equipment, support new research initiatives, enhance our staffing and provide small touches to make the lives of all the wonderful children under our care that little bit easier.

We have an incredible team of staff, patients and families here at Sydney Children’s Hospital and are already involved in ground-breaking research, but we need your support to ensure this continues so we can continue to improve the care of the children with respiratory conditions.

Right now, we’re on the edge of a quantum leap in respiratory medicine. We’re so close to dramatic change. With your help through donations and fundraising, our team can bring lasting change to children with Respiratory diseases and ultimately save lives.  

Please visit our Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation - SCH Respiratory Medicine fundraising page below if you would like to support our team.  

https://www.schf.org.au/respiratory?preview=true

Upcoming fundraising events: 

The 8th Biennial Seminar in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine: at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick on 23 & 24 September, 2022. 

For Paediatricians, GPs, junior doctors, nursing staff, allied health professionals and other interested health workers who are involved in the care of children with acute and chronic respiratory conditions. Seminar and short course: cover face to face presentations, practical activities, engaging discussions with industry leaders, and online course materials. The short course: offers three engaging modules with practical workshops to provide you with insights, tools and updates on Spirometry (Lung Function), Chest Physiotherapy techniques and Asthma Inhaler Devices. Over a period of 1 ½ days, you will have the opportunity to join thought-provoking debates and deep dive discussions from some of the world’s brightest minds in paediatric respiratory medicine! 

https://shortcourses.health.unsw.edu.au/courses/paediatric-respiratory-m...