Our Paediatricians

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Welcome to the West Gippsland Paediatric Group. Our paediatricians have been helping the children of Gippsland for over 25 years.

We welcome referrals for  patients from 0 to 17 years for all general paediatric matters. If you have general questions about how the process works, our FAQ section may answer them.

Our specialists offer an extensive range of services to support your child.

Prof. Michael NowotnyMichael Nowotny is one of the founding members of The West Gippsland Paediatric Group. He is a committed regional paediatrician and clinical lead of the children’s services at West Gippsland
Healthcare Group.

He is an Associate Professor at Monash University. He works with the rural Health team to develop training opportunities to help young doctors stay in Gippsland.

A true generalist he is interested in all facets of paediatric care and has a special interest in diabetes management, holding a clinic with the Gippsland Southern Healthcare diabetes Educator Andrea Curtis on a six weekly basis.

He is very much involved in training the next generation of paediatricians and GP’s through his work with the Gippsland Regional Training Hub and as rural director of Paediatric Specialist Basic Training for Victoria.

Dr Christopher SmithIn 1989 as an intern, Chris joined the rural doctors’ training program in Toowoomba after completing his medical degree at the University Of Queensland.

A paediatric rotation led to a change in direction with Chris returning to the Mater Children’s And Mother’s Hospital in Brisbane to train as a paediatrician.

In 1998 he relocated to Melbourne as Chief Resident at Monash Children’s Hospital to complete his subspecialist training in paediatric Endocrinology.

Life as a rural doctor still beckoned and he came to Warragul with his family to work for a year and stayed for 20!

In 2009 Chris completed the exams for paediatricians with a special interest in allergy through clinics at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

His practice focuses on infant and paediatric general medicine, endocrinology and childhood allergy and offers a range of both subcutaneous and sublingual desensitization for the common allergies.

He is also credentialed to prescribe Isotretinoin (Roaccutane) for cases of severe acne.

paediatrician for children Sari HayllarSari completed her medical degree at Monash University. She spent six months of her internship working in Gippsland, exploring the region on weekends, before deciding to pursue training in paediatrics.

Sari completed her fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital and The Mercy Hospital for Women, particularly having a special interest in adolescent medicine, developmental paediatrics and research within the neurology department.

Sari began working at the West Gippsland Paediatric Group in 2001, when she returned to Gippsland to raise her young family (and some farmyard friends) with a desire to contribute to providing for the health needs of the region’s children.

Dr Brendan LaceyDr. Brendan Lacey is a general paediatrician. After completing his graduate medical degree at Deakin University, Brendan trained in general paediatrics at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

He received his Fellowship through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has also gained broad experience working in many paediatric units across Melbourne including emergency, neonatal and developmental paediatrics.

Brendan also has a number of research publications and has contributed to several clinical practice guidelines currently published by the Royal Children’s Hospital.

His interests lie in a wide variety of General Paediatric issues, including neonatal and infant health, asthma and eczema, constipation, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders, adolescent medicine, and immigrant/refugee health.

Outside of medicine Brendan also holds bachelor’s degrees in engineering and science and worked in these fields around the world.

In his spare time, he enjoys running, spending time with his young family and is an avid reader of anything and everything.

james carter paediatrician warragul drouinJames is a general paediatrician with a special interest in developmental and behavioural paediatrics. He serves on the leadership committee of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia. A key principle of his paediatric practice is to ensure that the child, and those who care for the child, remember to focus on the child’s strengths. He is yet to meet a child who does not have many.

James completed his medical studies through the University of Melbourne and his paediatric training through the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital.

He holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and has served as a post-doctoral fellow at Duke University Medical Centre. He enjoys playing cricket and basketball, loves to kayak wherever he can and his vice, most definitely, is horse racing.

Dr Christian CatalanoChristian is a general paediatrician with experience in caring for children with a range of both acute and chronic medical conditions, from birth to adolescence.

He has a particular interest in developmental and behavioural paediatrics, as well as common childhood problems such as asthma, constipation, poor growth, unsettled infants and issues with sleep.

Christian completed his graduate degree at Monash Medical School in Gippsland, and is passionate about the delivery of paediatric care in remote and disadvantaged settings.

He trained to become a paediatric physician through the Royal Children’s hospital and remains involved in the medical education and mentorship of junior doctors.

Prior to studying medicine, Christian worked for several years as a newspaper journalist in Melbourne.

He believes strongly in the importance of effective communication between healthcare practitioners and patients, and in partnering with families to find the best solution for their child’s needs.

Prof. Michael Nowotny

Michael Nowotny is one of the founding members of The West Gippsland Paediatric Group. He is a committed regional paediatrician and clinical lead of the children’s services at West Gippsland
Healthcare Group.

He is an Associate Professor at Monash University. He works with the rural Health team to develop training opportunities to help young doctors stay in Gippsland.

A true generalist he is interested in all facets of paediatric care and has a special interest in diabetes management, holding a clinic with the Gippsland Southern Healthcare diabetes Educator Andrea Curtis on a six weekly basis.

He is very much involved in training the next generation of paediatricians and GP’s through his work with the Gippsland Regional Training Hub and as rural director of Paediatric Specialist Basic Training for Victoria.

Dr Christopher Smith

In 1989 as an intern, Chris joined the rural doctors’ training program in Toowoomba after completing his medical degree at the University Of Queensland.

A paediatric rotation led to a change in direction with Chris returning to the Mater Children’s And Mother’s Hospital in Brisbane to train as a paediatrician.

In 1998 he relocated to Melbourne as Chief Resident at Monash Children’s Hospital to complete his subspecialist training in paediatric Endocrinology.

Life as a rural doctor still beckoned and he came to Warragul with his family to work for a year and stayed for 20!

In 2009 Chris completed the exams for paediatricians with a special interest in allergy through clinics at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

His practice focuses on infant and paediatric general medicine, endocrinology and childhood allergy and offers a range of both subcutaneous and sublingual desensitization for the common allergies.

He is also credentialed to prescribe Isotretinoin (Roaccutane) for cases of severe acne.

paediatrician for children Sari Hayllar

Sari completed her medical degree at Monash University. She spent six months of her internship working in Gippsland, exploring the region on weekends, before deciding to pursue training in paediatrics.

Sari completed her fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital and The Mercy Hospital for Women, particularly having a special interest in adolescent medicine, developmental paediatrics and research within the neurology department.

Sari began working at the West Gippsland Paediatric Group in 2001, when she returned to Gippsland to raise her young family (and some farmyard friends) with a desire to contribute to providing for the health needs of the region’s children.

Dr Brendan Lacey

Dr. Brendan Lacey is a general paediatrician. After completing his graduate medical degree at Deakin University, Brendan trained in general paediatrics at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

He received his Fellowship through the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and has also gained broad experience working in many paediatric units across Melbourne including emergency, neonatal and developmental paediatrics.

Brendan also has a number of research publications and has contributed to several clinical practice guidelines currently published by the Royal Children’s Hospital.

His interests lie in a wide variety of General Paediatric issues, including neonatal and infant health, asthma and eczema, constipation, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders, adolescent medicine, and immigrant/refugee health.

Outside of medicine Brendan also holds bachelor’s degrees in engineering and science and worked in these fields around the world.

In his spare time, he enjoys running, spending time with his young family and is an avid reader of anything and everything.

james carter paediatrician warragul drouin

James is a general paediatrician with a special interest in developmental and behavioural paediatrics. He serves on the leadership committee of the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia. A key principle of his paediatric practice is to ensure that the child, and those who care for the child, remember to focus on the child’s strengths. He is yet to meet a child who does not have many.

James completed his medical studies through the University of Melbourne and his paediatric training through the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital.

He holds a PhD in cognitive neuroscience and has served as a post-doctoral fellow at Duke University Medical Centre. He enjoys playing cricket and basketball, loves to kayak wherever he can and his vice, most definitely, is horse racing.

Dr Christian Catalano

Christian is a general paediatrician with experience in caring for children with a range of both acute and chronic medical conditions, from birth to adolescence.

He has a particular interest in developmental and behavioural paediatrics, as well as common childhood problems such as asthma, constipation, poor growth, unsettled infants and issues with sleep.

Christian completed his graduate degree at Monash Medical School in Gippsland, and is passionate about the delivery of paediatric care in remote and disadvantaged settings.

He trained to become a paediatric physician through the Royal Children’s hospital and remains involved in the medical education and mentorship of junior doctors.

Prior to studying medicine, Christian worked for several years as a newspaper journalist in Melbourne.

He believes strongly in the importance of effective communication between healthcare practitioners and patients, and in partnering with families to find the best solution for their child’s needs.

Visiting Specialists

We have a number of visiting specialists who visit our clinic. Please be advised we do not book appointments for these specialists, and referrals are required to be sent directly to their individual main practices.

Professor John Hutson is the Chair of Paediatric Surgery at the University of Melbourne, and one of the Consultant Paediatric Urologists at The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Prof. Hutson has spent 25 years with a special interest in embryology of sexual development and testicular descent, and in recent years has developed special expertise in the management  of disorders of the large bowel, including anorectal anomalies, Hirschsprung disease and slow-transit constipation.

Prof Hutson’s clinic are on a Friday, once per month.


Please fax all referrals directly to 03 9345 5034

Chris Kimber is a paediatric surgeon who provides specialist care in paediatric urology, complex genitourinary conditions including hypospadias and advanced laparoscopy and endosurgery.

Mr Kimber also performs all standard paediatric surgical operations including hernia repair, orchidopexy and circumcision. Chris Kimber consults in Warragul on a Friday, roughly once every 8 weeks.


Please fax all referrals directly to 03 9509 7577

Mr Ferguson is the Head of General Paediatric Surgery and supervisor of Paediatric Surgical training at Monash Children’s Hospital.

He is a member of the clinical examination committee for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Mr Ferguson’s special interests include paediatric general surgery, paediatric upper gastrointestinal surgery and paediatric endoscopy.

Peter Ferguson consults in Warragul on a Friday, roughly once every 8 weeks. 

Please fax all referrals directly to 03 9509 7577

Professor Samuel Menahem is a Consultant Paediatrician with extensive experience in General Paediatrics and Neonatology.

He has a subspecialty of Paediatric Cardiology extending from the foetus to the adult with congenital heart disease.

Many of his patients have stayed with him since infancy into adult life.

He visits our Warragul clinic with technician Melissa who performs the echocardiograms.

Prof Menahem’s clinics are variable, normally consulting in Warragul once per month.

Please fax all referrals directly to 03 9576 1352

Assoc. Prof Justin Brown is a paediatric endocrinologist. He is based at Monash, Clayton. He has special interests in bone health and childhood obesity.

He also has a colloboration with adult bone health colleagues in delivering studies which bridge the gap between adult and paediatric services.

Justin Brown visits Warragul roughly once every 3 months.

Please fax all referrals directly to 03 9543 7079

 

Prof. Andrew Kornberg is a paediatric neurologist with general neurology and neuromuscular experience.

Professor Andrew Kornberg has recently commenced consulting in Warragul. He visits roughly once every 6-8 weeks on a Monday.

He has particular interests in immune-mediated neurologic syndromes, including Guillain-Barré syndrome, childhood multiple sclerosis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, as well as nerve and muscle disorders, headache, seizures and movement disorders. 

Please contact our clinic directly on 03 5622 1500 to discuss appointment availability.

VCGS are experts in genetic testing. VCGS are Australian and not-for-profit, using proceeds from testing to support the latest in medical research. VCGS counsellors support people through genetic testing including:

  • assisting with decision making about whether to have a test and what test to have
  • waiting for results, understanding the meaning of results and adjusting to the results
  • providing supportive counselling to families
  • arranging referrals to other health professionals and linking families with community support services

The Genetics Team visit Warragul 3-4 times per year. 

Please fax all referrals directly to 8341 6390.

 

Visiting Allied Health Providers

We have a number of visiting specialists who visit our clinic. Please be advised we do not book appointments for these specialists, and referrals are required to be sent directly to their individual main practices.

Klytie is in the clinic on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Klytie has a passion for working with infants and children.

Klytie is a private paediatric speech pathologist offering assessment and intervention for infants and young children (birth – 12 years) in a range of specialist areas.

Her particular professional interests are in the areas of infant and toddler feeding, and autism spectrum disorders.

Please contact klytie@speakbeak.com.au

or 0439 102 850 to discuss appointment availability

Leigh-Anne McKinley is a clinical psychologist based out of Gladstone Street Medical Clinic, Warragul. Leigh-Anne has a clinic here every second Thursday.

Leigh-Anne offers behavioral assessments, cognitive testing, educational assessment and autism assessments.

Please send all referrals directly to wgp3820referral@gmail.com

Monica Freeman is an occupational therapist  with over 15 years experience in Paediatrics. Monica has provided OT assessment and intervention services throughout Gippsland.

Monica has extensive experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning difficulties, Motor Skill Delays, Sensory Processing and Self/Emotional Regulation difficulties.

Monica is in clinic on a Monday.

Please send all referrals directly to Po Box 288 Morwell 3840

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