The School of Women’s and Children’s Health (UNSW)

The University of NSW partners with Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, to deliver world-class paediatrics training.

The Discipline of Paediatrics is part of the wider School of Women’s & Children’s Health and UNSW Medicine. It is involved in the teaching of undergraduate medical students, the supervision of Honours and postgraduate candidates, including those studying for a PhD, Masters of Science, and a Masters of Medicine at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

The Clinical School supports and encourages the research activities of clinical academics, hospital scientists, allied health, and nursing staff at the hospital.


The undergraduate Medicine Program at UNSW is divided into three phases. In the first phase, students complete a six-week clinical communications program with Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

In phase 2, students spend half the six-week teaching period in Paediatrics, followed by an independent learning project

In phase 3, students complete an 8-week teaching period in Paediatrics. During both phase 2 and 3, students attend the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, and other UNSW teaching hospitals in Sydney and regional NSW. 


Researchers contribute nationally and internationally through novel and innovative discoveries and interventions in behavioural sciences, cancer, endocrinology, genetics and genomics, immunology and infectious diseases, neonatology, nephrology, neuroscience, population health, and respiratory, as well as other priority-research areas.

The School of Women's and Children's Health offers a diverse range of Masters by Research and PhD programs to local and international candidates.

Students can develop their research career under internationally recognised researchers in many sub-specialities of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Perinatal & Reproductive epidemiology and statistics, and based at Children's Cancer Institute Australia. 

Research programs can be undertaken in clinical, laboratory or epidemiological studies.


The School of Women’s & Children’s Health is comprised of the clinical disciplines of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Paediatrics, and the Perinatal and Reproductive Epidemiology Research Unit (PRERU), and affiliates such as the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA).

Clinical academics in the School are located at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney Children’s Hospital, St George and Bankstown Hospitals.

UNSW also contributes to teaching positions in Paediatrics at the Sutherland Hospital, Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals. The main administrative centers for the School are based at the Royal Hospital for Women and Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. 

Key people

Professor Adam Jaffe - Head of School, Head of Discipline of Paediatrics 

Professor Adam Jaffe is the John Beveridge Professor of Paediatrics, and the Associate Director of Research, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network. Professor Jaffe has expertise in Childhood respiratory conditions, Childhood respiratory infections, Paediatric health systems research and Cystic Fibrosis

Professor William Ledger - Head of Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Professor William Ledger is the Head and Professor of the Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the School of Women's & Children's Health. He is a senior fertility specialist, obstetrician and gynaecologist

Behavioural Sciences

  • Dr Claire Wakefield 
  • Dr Jordana McLoone  
  • Dr Nadine Kasparian 
  • Dianne Swinsberg

Biostatistics / Epidemiology

  • Kylie-Ann Mallitt


  • Dr Tao Liu
  • Dr Jenny (Yingzi) Wang
  • Dr Vittorio Orazio


  • A/Prof Maria Craig
  • Dr Ammira Al-Shabeeb
  • Dr Shihab Hameed


  • Dr Keith Ooi 
  • Dr Steven Leach

Genetics / Genomics

  • Dr Tony Roscioli


  • Dr Susan Russell


  • A/Prof Kei Lui


  • Dr Sean Kennedy


  • Prof Anne Cunningham
  • Dr Michael Cardamone
  • Dr Michelle Farrar 
  • Dr Daniel Flanagan