The Academy of Child and Adolescent Health was formed by a committed group of paediatricians from around Australia who continued carriage of the organisation until the first annual general meeting on 11th of October 2017 when the first election of office bearers occurred.
Members of the inaugural Board comprising Kevin Forsyth, Gervase Chaney, Jenny Promois, Frank Oberklaid and Peter Procopis were re-elected along with 2 new Directors; Gareth Baynam and Julie Curtin who offered their services to the Academy.
Kevin Forsyth is Chair of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Health. He is the Dean, People and Resources for the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University and Consultant Paediatrician and Professor of Paediatrics at the Flinders Medical Centre in Adelaide. He is the immediate past Dean and Director of Education for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Research interests include airway immunology of infants, in particular disease mechanisms of bronchiolitis, pertussis disease and immunisation policy, mechanisms of peanut allergy, and the vulnerable infant. Education interests include curriculum design and reform, supervision, e-learning and the intersection of pathways between medical school, pre-vocational and vocational training. Governance roles include Chair of the Medical Education Executive of Flinders University, Chair of the South Australian Health Medical Education Advisory Council, Board Member of CPMEC (Confederation of postgraduate Medical Education Councils), Board member of GPEC (Global Pediatric Education Consortium), Chair of the Children’s Research Foundation of SA Scientific Committee and Co-Chair of the Global Pertussis Initiative. He has a significant role in global academic paediatrics, as Convener of the Global Pediatric Academic Alliance and immediate Past President of IPALA (International Pediatric Academic Leaders Association).
Gervase Chaney is Secretary of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Health. He is a general paediatrician and the Dean of the School of Medicine Fremantle, University Notre Dame Australia. He was previously the Executive Director of Perth Children’s Hospital (responsible for commissioning) in the Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) in Western Australia. He was Executive Director of Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) in CAHS from 2015 – 2016; Chairman of the PMH Paediatric Medicine Clinical Care Unit 2011 – 2014; and Co-Lead of the Child and Youth Health Network for WA Health from 2005 – 2010. He is on the Board of ARACY (Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth) and was on the Board of Kidsafe WA from 2004 – 2015. He is a past President of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) 2010 – 2012 and was on the Board of the RACP from 2008 – 2012.
Jenny Proimos is Treasurer of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Health. She is a consultant paediatrician and adolescent health physician and is the Principal Medical Advisor for children and young people in the Victorian Department of Education and Training. In her role, she advocates strongly for an evidence-informed approach to child and adolescent policy development. She represents Victoria on the Standing Committee for Child and Youth Health, the main vehicle for child and adolescent health policy in the Council of Australian Governments. Jenny combines her policy and public health responsibilities with ongoing clinical practice at the Centre for Adolescent Health and medical education at the Royal Children’s Hospital. Jenny was Past-President of the Paediatrics and Child Health Division of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians from 2008-2010. Jenny has been a non-executive director of a number of non-profit boards. She is currently President of the Harvard Club of Victoria.She graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2007, and has maintained board roles continuously since that time.
Professor Frank Oberklaid is Foundation 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 a distinguished researcher and author, having written two books and over 200 scientific publications. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, invited lectureships and visiting professorships in many countries around the world. He chairs the Victorian Children’s Council which provides policy advice to the Premier and relevant ministers, and has served on a number of high level national and international advisory groups and expert committees. His clinical expertise is in developmental/behavioural paediatrics, and he is interested in early childhood development, and especially in developing policy and services to facilitate prevention and early intervention.
Professor Peter Procopis AM is a Senior Staff Neurologist at the Children’s Hospital Westmead. He was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children 1985-2005. He is the Immediate Past President of the NSW Medical Council and its predecessor the Medical Board of NSW. He was the NSW Practitioner Member of the Medical Board of Australia from 2010 to 2015. Peter has held many College appointments including President of the Australian College of Paediatrics from 1993-1995, Chair of the Committee for Examinations and Chair of the Board of Continuing Education of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
Gareth Baynam is a clinical geneticist, genomic policy advisor, patient advocate and clinician scientist. He equitably implements innovations through multi-stakeholder partnerships. He Directs, Chairs, or is on the Executive for international initiatives to improve the lives of children and youth living with genetic, rare and undiagnosed diseases. He has clinically led the state-wide implementation of genomic and phenotypic technologies, digital health platforms, and omics-associated policy.
He initiated the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, WA – an interdisciplinary approach for the most challenging medical mysteries. He is a clinical A/Prof at multiple universities. He is a Founding Director of the Undiagnosed Network International which is approaching global coverage, including for developing countries. He leads a number of Aboriginal health projects.
Dr Julie Curtin is a senior staff specialist in Paediatric Haematology at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Dr Curtin is a dual fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and has previously been the Paediatric representative on the Haematology JSAC of these two colleges (2008 – 2014). She is the director of the Kids Factor Zone Haemophilia Treatment centre and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Sydney. Dr Curtin is on the executive committee member and chair of the Research Committee of the Australian Haemophilia Centre Director’s Organisation (AHCDO). She is the Chair of the NSW/ACT Haemophilia Advisory and Clinical Committee.
Dr Curtin has a PhD from the University of Sydney in Gene Therapy and is currently the Prinicipal investigator for a number of clinical trials in haemophilia. She is an examiner for the RCPA and been involved in the organisation of national meetings, a reviewer for grant committees and journals. She is on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the ACRF Telomere Analysis Centre at the Children’s Medical Research Institute.She is a member of the Haematology Society of Australia and New Zealand , American Society of Hematology, Thrombosis and Haemostasis Society of Australia and New Zealand, International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis and the World Haemophilia Federation.