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

We provide the following specialist 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

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: 9382 1461 or email: SCHN-SCH-OPD@health.nsw.gov.au it to us. Please include your child's full name, address and date of birth.

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.

Like more information?

Call the Outpatients Department on 9382 1470

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.

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


Dr Carolyn Shalhoub:

  • Genetic Counsellor

Respiratory Fellow/s

  • Jen Schaefer (Clinical Fellow) 
  • Ryan Mackle (PhD Fellow)

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

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

Read more about Jamie on the UNSW website



Emma Coward

  • Respiratory Scientist

Leanne Plush: 

  • Senior Respiratory Scientist

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


 Will Woolfe

  • Paediatric Dietician

Emily Sharpe 

  • Clinical Psychologist

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 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: 

City 2 Surf: The SCH Respiratory Medicine Team are running in the City 2 Surf. If you would like to make a donation or even create your own fundraising page please use the following link. https://city2surf22.grassrootz.com/schf

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...