Clinical School newsletter

2013 - Issue 2

CHW Clinical School news

Congratulations to Denise

Denise Yuille

We wish to congratulate Denise, who received an award in recognition of exceptional performance by members of general staff at the Sydney Medical School Celebratory Dinner on 9 April 2013.

Denise has been the Postgraduate Research Student Support Officer at the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health since 2007. The Postgraduate Research Student Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead is renowned for providing a high quality and supportive environment for students. Denise has played an essential role in the expansion of postgraduate research at the hospital.

Some of Denise’s work and achievements include:

  • Invigorating and improving the postgraduate research newsletter, which provides students with a monthly update of important meetings, postgraduate student processes and annual progress review, and highlights student awards and international presentations. This improves communication with students, encourages collegiality and helps build the research community at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. This is particularly important as some students are away from the city university campus and at risk of becoming isolated.
  • Organising the annual postgraduate research student conference, in which all students present and supervisors attend. This important day provides students with an opportunity to present their work and an appreciation of the larger Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health. Denise administers the ‘Best paper award’, which encourages students and improves the Hospital-University relationship. Denise has also built relationships with companies and charities that support the conference, which enabled it to become cost-neutral in 2012.
  • Providing outstanding pastoral care to students: her door is always open. She also provides an essential support to the Postgraduate Coordinator (A/Prof Russell Dale) and deputy coordinators. Denise has high levels of initiative and always provides timely feedback to Sydney Medical School on changes and developments in postgraduate processes.

Outstanding award winners 2012

Several DPCH staff were honoured at the celebratory dinner for having received international and national awards during 2012:

  • Professor Elizabeth Elliot, who received a distinguished professorial achievement award from Sydney Medical School.
  • Dr Patrina Caldwell, who received the best paper award from the International Children’s Continence Society, as well as the research award from the Paediatric Research Society of Australia and New Zealand
  • Professor Kathryn North, who received the Ramaciotti medal for excellence in biomedical research
  • Dr Angela Morrow, who received the state award for NSW/ACT from the Arts and Health Foundation
  • Dr Karen Walker, who was awarded the David Henderson-Smart scholarship from the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Clinical teacher profile: Annabelle Enriquez


Dr Annabelle Enriquez enjoys teaching medical students and likes the variation it brings to her clinical work. In particular, she enjoys interacting with students, meeting different personalities and sharing what she knows with students. Based at Westmead Hospital during 2013, Annabelle also finds that taking medical bedside tutorials with medical students at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead is a good excuse to come back and see children again.

Annabelle has been teaching for two years. She began teaching medical students as a way of revising her clinical knowledge and skills. She had found that sometimes when medical staff are well into their specialist clinical training, they can forget the basics and the broader picture of the paediatric patient.

Annabelle is currently doing her advanced training, specialising in both general paediatrics and genetics. This year she is working as a fellow in clinical genetics at Westmead Hospital. She hopes to return to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in 2014.

Effective Clinical Skills Teaching Workshop

The Clinical School’s Effective Clinical Skills Teaching Workshop helps medical staff improve their knowledge and skills for teaching medical students and junior medical staff in a busy clinical environment. The Workshop is a short, practical course in which experienced clinical teachers facilitate small group teaching sessions with small numbers of medical staff. The Workshop focuses on teaching physical examination, x-ray interpretation and results analysis.

Drs Madeleine Powys and Sathah Sivabalan recently undertook the Effective Clinical Skills Teaching Workshop. Both Madeleine and Sath are residents at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and graduates of Sydney Medical School. They undertook the Workshop to improve their teaching of medical students on clinical placements and medical bedside tutorials. During the Workshop Madeleine and Sath were grateful for the feedback on their teaching that they received from the facilitators. They also received useful teaching tips, such as ways to get students involved during ward rounds, making the most of one minute teaching opportunities and eliciting questions to gauge and expand upon what students already know.

The Effective Clinical Skills Teaching Workshop is held four times every year. The next Workshop is Friday 14 June. For more information, contact the .

Sandra Johnson’s recent publications


Dr Sandra Johnson, clinical senior lecturer in the Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, has recently released the e-book, Your Child's Development. Written for parents, the e-book focuses on nurturing the development of children’s self-esteem and relationships with others. It provides a practical approach to child rearing from infancy through to adolescence, and is based on sound psychological and child development principles.


Last year Sandra released A Clinical Handbook on Child Development Paediatrics, aimed at clinicians, including paediatrics registrars, medical students and general practitioners, as well as allied health, nurses, broader health professionals and teachers. The book covers diverse topics such as developmental delay, learning difficulties, attention deficit disorders, autism, Asperger syndrome, behaviour difficulties, language disorders, school refusal, bullying, emotional difficulties, neurological impairments that affect development and motor coordination problems. It was written along with several contributing authors from The Children's Hospital at Westmead: Manoj Menezes, Kenneth Nunn, Natalie Silove, Jacqueline Small, Paul Tait and Mary-Clare Waugh, as well as Shirley Russ from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Farewell to Dr Hugh Martin

Hugh Martin

We would like to farewell paediatric surgeon Dr Hugh Martin, who has retired from the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. The many years he has taught Sydney Medical School students are particularly appreciated.

A Sydney Medical School alumni, Hugh trained in paediatric surgery at Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children and Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. He returned to Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in 1977 as a specialist surgeon with a particular interest in burns and abdominal surgery. He has been involved in surgical education for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and was previously Head of the NSW Paediatric Burns Referral Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and President of the Australian and New Zealand Burn Association. Hugh was instrumental in establishing the EMSB (Emergency Management of Severe burns) course.

Hugh has been a popular lecturer on the Child and Adolescent Health Specialty Block (CAH). Recent evaluations of his paediatric burns lecture received the most outstanding praise of all CAH lectures, with one medical student writing, “Dr Martin's lecture is in my top 3 lectures from 7 years of uni.” A former CAH student wrote:

He combined basic scientific principles of physiology and anatomy with pathophysiology, and then correlated it all with clinical presentation and management. It was a perfect model of what a medical lecture at our level should be.

We wish Hugh all the very best and welcome his continuing involvement in the teaching of medical students.

Research news

KRI Early Career Research Showcase

The KRI is hosting an Early Career Researchers (ECR) showcase event and everyone is invited to attend. This is an opportunity for ECRs at KRI (up to 10 years post-PhD) to present their research and engage with other researchers. The event is designed to provide an opportunity for all ECRs (including potential ECRs and established ECRs) to meet one another and encourage collaborations.

The KRI ECR Showcase will be held in the Large Seminar Room, Level 2, Building 3 (Research Building, CHW) on Tuesday 28th May 2013, 1 - 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, including current ECRs, students, established researchers and research assistants. Lunch will be provided.

The session will comprise of talks by ECRs with the aim of introducing themselves and providing a brief outline of their research in the form of a 3 minute (and 3 slides) PowerPoint presentation. KRI ECRs who would like to present, please submit a Biosketch of about 100 words outlining: What you do, Why your research is important and How you do it. Please submit to by Friday May 24.

We request that everyone wishing to attend please RSVP to Wendy for catering purposes. If you have any questions or comments, please contact one of the organising committee: , , and , ECR co-ordinator for the KRI.

Student news

Postgraduate research student profile: Manoj Menezes


Manoj (on left) with waxy Winston

Manoj Menezes is a paediatric neurologist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. His focus is the diagnosis and treatment of children with inherited peripheral neuropathy. He is currently doing his PhD part-time on childhood mitochondrial and metabolic neuropathies.

The main focus of his study is a newly recognised inherited peripheral neuropathy that is caused by mutations in riboflavin transport in nerve cells. Over the last year there have been a number of patients identified with this disorder at CHW and Manoj will be looking at whether they respond to very large doses of oral riboflavin. He is also looking at whether nerve conduction studies are useful in helping reach a diagnosis in children who have mitochondrial disease and peripheral nerve disease.

In 2011-2012, Manoj spent 7 months in the UK at the Peripheral Neuropathy Service at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square and The Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. He was supported by a Churchill Fellowship and his time in London helped him establish research collaborations that remain invaluable in his clinical and research work.

PhD Graduates May 2013

Graduation photo

Upcoming seminars and short courses


KRI Early Career Research Showcase
The KRI is hosting an Early Career Researchers (ECR) showcase event in the Large Seminar Room, Level 2, Building 3 (Research Building, CHW) on Tuesday 28th May 2013, 1 - 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, including current ECRs, students, established researchers and research assistants. The session will comprise of talks by ECRs to introduce themselves and provide a brief outline of their research in the form of a 3 minute/ 3 slide PowerPoint presentation. If you are interested in presenting, please submit a 100 word bio to . Lunch will be provided - please RSVP to Wendy.

Postgraduate research students and supervisors
Postgraduate research students and their supervisors are invited to attend the following seminars:

  • Introduction to statistics in research and support - Tuesday 4 June 2013
  • Writing a scientific paper - Friday 21 June 2013
  • Effective oral presentations: oral presentation skills and asking / answering questions - Tuesday 16 July 2013
  • Poster presentations / making the most of conferences - Tuesday 23 July 2013

For information on venues and times, see the postgrad student website or .

Statistics support
Liz Barnes provides biostatistics support to researchers at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. For an appointment, contact Janelle Bowden on 9845 2358 or .

Primary supervisor accreditation course
The Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health’s Primary Supervisor Accreditation Course consists of three seminars plus a final presentation seminar. The course commences on 6 August 2013. For further information and registration details, see the postgrad student website.

Qualitative research group
The qualitative research group meets throughout the year at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. For more details, contact .

Grants, Achievements, Promotions and Titles

Grants, Appointments & titles


Awarded to Patrina Caldwell: The Financial Markets Foundation for Children; eADVICE (electronic Advice and Diagnosis Via the Internet following Computerised Evaluation): Interactive e-Health tools for shared health management between patients, general practitioners and specialists. Amount awarded $160,000.

New titles

Ella Scott – Clinical Lecturer
Meenakshi Rattan – Clinical Associate Lecturer
Marilyn Paull – Clinical Associate Lecturer
Alexandra McRae – Honorary Research Fellow


Upcoming conferences and meetings


4th Update in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine: Sydney - 7/06/2013 For information email or Tel: +61 2 9382 1855.
Australian Red Cross Blood Service Transfusion Update: Brisbane - 12-14/06/2013.

27th International Pediatric Association (IPA) Congress of Pediatrics: Melbourne - 24-29/08/2013 further information

13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Dublin - 15-18/09/2013
more information.
European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP): France - 19-22/09/2013 more information.
International Physician Assessment Coalition Annual Conference: New Zealand - 30/09-2/10/2013. More information

Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing conference: Canberra - 30/10-2/11/2013
This conference will be held in Canberra from 30 October - 2 November 2013. more information.

7th Annual Australian Paediatric Society Diabetes Workshop: Melbourne - 8-9/11/2013
The 7th Annual Australian Paediatric Society Diabetes Workshop will be held in the Yarra Valley at the Sebel Heritage on Friday, 8 November and Saturday, 9 November 2013 a few days after the Melbourne Cup. This practical diabetes workshop is targeted at regional paediatricians and their diabetes teams and has grown enormously in numbers and popularity. Paediatric trainees, including endocrine trainees are very welcome. Presentations will be on new devices, therapies and strategies and will include the opportunity for oral and poster presentations. SAVE THE DATE!!

8th World Congress of the World Society for Pediatric Infectious Disease (WSPID): South Africa - 19-22/11/2013 more information