Chapter of Community Child Health Satellite Meeting Speakers


Dr Andrew Kennedykennedy_andrew

Dr Andrew Kennedy is a paediatrician and adolescent physician. He trained in Adolescent Medicine at Westmead Hospital and subsequently worked as the clinical leader at the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne for four years followed by five years at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth as co-leader of the Adolescent Health Team. In 2014 he returned to the Adolescent Medicine Department at Westmead Hospital as a senior staff specialist.

Dr Kennedy’s main areas of experience and interest include: eating disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome, mood and behaviour problems, ADHD, high risk teenagers, chronic illness and more recently gender diverse youth.

Dr Kennedy is the Vice President of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health (AAAH) and current chair of the Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine committee at The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has contributed to several book chapters on adolescent health.

Presentation Title: Ma vie en rose (my life in pink)


Dr John BoultonJohn Boulton

Dr John Boulton is Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle, NSW; and has honorary academic affiliations with the Telethon Kids Institute, Perth; the Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney; and Notre Dame University, Broome.

After retiring from academic practice in 2005, Dr Boulton worked in the remote Kimberley region of north-western WA as senior regional paediatrician until January 2015.

His research focused on growth and nutrition with particular reference to the childhood origins of future adult morbidity.

A parallel professional theme for Dr Boulton has been Community Child Health, particularly child protection. His focus is now social justice advocacy through the Kimberley Alternative Juvenile Justice Strategy.

In 2011 Dr Boulton was awarded the annual Howard Williams Medal of the Division of Paediatrics of the RACP, and in 2015, he received the Rural Health West award for his ‘outstanding service to rural and remote health’.

Presentation Title: An Imagined Future: Whither adolescents in Aboriginal Australia?


Dr Natalie Ong ong_natalie

Dr Natalie Ong is a staff specialist developmental paediatrician from the Department of Community Paediatrics, Sydney Local Health District. She is also the Team Lead for the Specialist Disability Health Team, an outreach service of the Child Development Unit, Children’s Hospital Westmead based at Fairfield.

Dr Ong has set up developmental assessment services in the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (LHD), as well as refining developmental assessment services for Sydney LHD.

Dr Ong has also led the development of a specialist Intellectual Disability (ID) health service (the Specialist Disability Health Team) as part of a pilot funded by Ministry of Health in response to the Service Framework for People with Intellectual Disability in bridging service gaps for children and young people with ID. Her areas of interest are in health education in the undergrad and primary health workforce, developmental surveillance and developmental disability health research.

Dr Ong is a member of the Intellectual Disability Network, Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) and is an active participant in ACI and RACP subcommittees interfacing with the National Disability Insurance Agency, ABF taskforce and Ministry of Health. She also coordinates the Community Child Health ‘Program of Excellence’, a state wide training program for Community Paediatric trainees.

Presentation Title: The Transitioning of Young People with Intellectual Disability from paediatric to adult health care. Lessons learnt from an intellectual disability pilot


Ms Anne Smith

During the last 25 years Ms Smith has strived to improve the quality of paediatric and forensic care offered by medical professionals to injured and neglected children.

Ms Smith is aware that the term ‘child protection paediatrics’ means different things to different people and that not everyone working in the field of community child health wants to actively work in forensic paediatric medicine.

Ms Smith has researched, published, developed training programs, taught, contributed to curriculum development, served on a variety of committees at state level including the Victorian Child Death Review Committee, and she has ongoing commitments to multidisciplinary education and training.

Presentation Title: Further Developments in Training and Child Protection