A/Prof Michelle Jack
MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACP
Clinical Associate Professor Michelle Jack
Associate Professor Jack is a consultant specialist in paediatric endocrinology. Her areas of clinical expertise are the management of children and adolescents with endocrine or hormonal issues such as:
- thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism ("under-active thyroid") and hyperthyroidism ("over-active thyroid") and thyroid nodules
- insulin resistance and pre-diabetes
- diabetes–Type 1 including insulin pump therapy, Type 2 and other rare types of diabetes
- disorders of growth
- delayed or early puberty
- polycystic ovarian syndrome
- adrenal gland problems
- disorders of pituitary function including growth hormone deficiency and hypopituitarism
- problems with calcium and/or vitamin D such as rickets
A/Prof Jack graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991 with first class honours and the University Gold Medal.
She trained in paediatric endocrinology at the Royal Brisbane and Mater Children's hospitals in Queensland and has worked as a consultant paediatric endocrinologist since 1999 in those hospitals as well as at the Royal North Shore, Gosford and Nepean hospitals. She was director of Northern Paediatric & Adolescent Diabetes Service from 2004-2008. This service developed into the Department of Paediatric Diabetes Endocrinology in 2008, and A/Prof Jack remained head of department until late 2013. She was involved in developing paediatric endocrine services at Gosford Hospital and was a visiting medical officer in paediatric diabetes services at Nepean Hospital from 2001-2006.
A/Prof Jack has been affiliated with the University of Sydney through the Northern Clinical School since 2001. Promoted to clinical associate professor in 2013, she continues to work as a senior staff specialist in paediatric endocrinology at Royal North Shore Hospital, where her roles include inpatient and outpatient care, teaching and research.
A/Prof Jack has extensive research and teaching experience, completing a PhD in beta-cell biology in 2003 through the University of QLD and has been an investigator on several international and national collaborative paediatric studies. She is currently a co-investigator for a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant in thyroid research in children. She has published and presented this research at national and international conferences. She is a passionate advocate for enhancing the care of children and adolescents with chronic illnesses in her local health district as well as nationally and internationally through her roles within the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group.
A/Prof Jack works closely with nursing and allied health colleagues to provide the best possible care for children and teenagers with endocrine issues.
A/Prof Jack has worked in the public health system for 25 years and is now bringing her expertise to the private health sector by establishing Sydney Paediatric Endocrinology in 2016.
Awards and Prizes
1998 - 2000 - Australian Postgraduate Award with Stipend, University of Queensland
1998 - The Young Investigator Award, Australian Paediatric Endocrine Group
1998 - First Prize, Paediatric Advanced Trainee Presentations,
1998 - Queensland Travel Awards from the Endocrine Society of Australia; APEG and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
1997 - 1999 Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International Fellowship Grant
1991 - University Gold Medal, University of Queensland
1991 - Jean & Joyce Stobo Memorial Prize (best female medical student 5th & 6th years)
1989 - Medishield Prize in Pathology
Royal Australasian College of Physician—Divisions of Paediatrics
Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG)
Asia Pacific Paediatric Endocrine Group (APPES)
Global Pediatric Endocrinology (GPED)
International society for Paediatric & Adolescent Diabetes
Endocrine society of Australia
Australian Diabetes Society
Research & Publications
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A/Prof Jack has provided advocacy for children and adolescents with endocrine and
chronic diseases in the following capacities:
- Member of the program organising committee for the 2017 joint meeting of international pediatric endocrine societies
- Co-chair for the 2014 joint meeting of APEG with the Asia Pacific Pediatric Endocrine Society (APPES)
- Co-chair for the 2015 joint meeting of APEG with the International Society for Pediatric & Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD)
- Chairperson for the Scientific Program Organising Committee for APEG for five years
- Chairperson for the Adolescent Committee for the Northern Sydney Health District for many years
- Council member of the Australasian Paediatric Endocrine Group (APEG), the Australian and New Zealand representative professional body for Paediatric Endocrinologists.
Gabe Donlevy is a Paediatric Dietitian and has worked with children, adolescents and their families living with Diabetes for over 14 years. She began working at the Children’s Hospital Westmead, and then spent 11 years developing and building a new service as part of a team at the Paediatric Diabetes and Endocrine Service at Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney in 2000. A significant focus was the development of an Insulin Pump program for assisting patients with daily practical issues and applications of living with an Insulin Pump, and the incorporation of Continuous Glucose Monitoring. During recent years she has spent time overseas volunteering in community organisations and charities that provide a range of opportunities with children and adolescents with a variety of needs. She has been evolved in the production of resources used for children adolescents and their families, as well as contributed to boards and advisory groups over her career in clinical settings. She has a passion and drive for working with children and families ensuring the best nutrition and health benefits for those living with and managing diabetes and endocrine disorders.
Credentialled Diabetes Educator
Carolyn has been a Clinical Nurse Consultant at The Children's Hospital Westmead for over 16 years and has extensive experience in dealing with the highs and lows of managing a life with Type 1 Diabetes. In 2009 Carolyn established herself in private practice as a Credentialed Diabetes Educator and began an Insulin Pump Clinic at The San Clinic rooms in Wahroonga.
Carolyn is also a Certified Insulin Pump Trainer, has an extensive knowledge and practical attitude towards Insulin Pump Therapy and Continuous Glucose Monitoring. She has a special interest in Type 1 Diabetes in both the paediatric and adult population. She believes "it's about taking control of your diabetes, not letting it take control of you". Carolyn can be contacted by email: email@example.com.
B.Psych (Hons), M.Psych(Clinical)
Brenda is an experienced and highly qualified Clinical Psychologist with a Master of Clinical Psychology from the University of NSW. Brenda has undertaken additional specialist training with leading researches and clinicians in the areas of child behavior and emotional health.
Brenda has over 15 years experience, treating individuals and families from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of personal difficulties. She has worked in both private and public health sectors. Brenda has a specialist interest in child and adolescent mental health and well-being. Brenda enjoys working with young people and their families to set achievable goals towards a healthy lifestyle.
Brenda takes a non-judgemental and compassionate approach to dealing with children and families in need. For further information or to contact Brenda, please go to: www.nschildpsych.com.au.