AusPIPS Inc. has a collective of medical and allied health professionals, who contribute in an advisory capacity to its work. As Primary Immune Deficiency (PID) impacts many areas of health our advisory panel has contributors from various medical and allied health professions. The advisory panel provides the committee with information and expertise to continue our work which includes patient advocacy and support.
Professor Jo Douglass - Immunology Panel Chair
Professor Jo Douglass is a specialist physician with clinical and research interests in Asthma, Allergic disease and Immune Deficiencies. She is currently Head of the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and an Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne.
Dr Charlotte Slade
Charlotte graduated from UNSW with a BA, BSc(Med) MBBS (Hons) in 2001. She completed specialty training in Melbourne and New Zealand and was awarded dual fellowships of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2013.
She works as a Clinical Immunologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and medical researcher at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Her major research focus is the genetic basis of Primary Immunodeficiency (PID). Through her research at WEHI and her work as a consultant Clinical Immunologist for the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, she is investigating the use of genomics for improved diagnosis and management of PID.
She has presented her work at a number of national and international conferences and is a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies, the Australasian Society of Immunology and the European Society for Immunodeficiencies.
Dr Jeremy McComish
Dr Jeremy McComish is a Clinical Immunologist, Allergist and Immunopathologist, and is the Clinical Lead for Immunology/Immunopathology at the Blood Service. His immunology training was in Melbourne and Adelaide, with a post-training fellowship position at the Institute of Child Health, University College London. He currently holds a Clinical Immunology consultant position at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and has a private practice in Clinical Immunology and Allergy based at Cabrini Hospital Malvern.
Dr Gary Unglik
Gary graduated from Monash Medical School in 1997 with honours. He was an Intern and Registrar at the Alfred Hospital and then a Registrar at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He obtained a combined fellowship from both the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2007. He’s a Consultant Clinical Immunologist and Allergist in the Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at The Royal Melbourne Hospital where he was the Head of the Immunopathology Department from 2008 until 2015. Gary is also a Consultant Pathologist at Melbourne Pathology.
Dr Priscilla Auyeung
Dr Priscilla Auyeung completed specialist training in Clinical Immunology, Allergy and Immunopathology in Perth and Melbourne. She was conferred dual Fellowships from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia in 2011. She was awarded her PhD degree by the University of Melbourne in 2015. Dr Auyeung offers allergy testing and manages all facets of allergic disorders, including allergic rhinitis (hayfever), food allergy, urticaria (hives), angioedema, anaphylaxis, drug allergy and atopic dermatitis (eczema). Dr Auyeung also consults at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Monash Medical Centre. She sees adults and adolescents (13 years or older). Dr Auyeung‘s research interest is in mast cell-related disorders. Since 2011, she has been studying chronic idiopathic urticaria, a skin disease in which itchy hives recur without any apparent trigger, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She has published on this topic and presented her work at international meetings. Dr Auyeung is a member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies and Australasian Society of Immunology.
Dr Katie Frith
Dr Katie Frith is a consultant specialist in paediatric immunology and allergy. She graduated with honours from the University of New South Wales and undertook her general paediatric training in London before returning to Sydney. Katie trained in immunology and allergy at both Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She holds a fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Katie has been instrumental in the development of national guidelines for the management of urticaria and angioedema and she is the Chair of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Emergency Department Anaphylaxis Guideline working party. Katie has an ongoing interest in research and has published peer reviewed papers and co-authored a book chapter on paediatric urticaria. Katie is a world expert on Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis (FPIES) and is the lead author on a recently published paper on FPIES, which at this time is the largest study of FPIES performed worldwide. In addition to her private work Katie continues to work as a staff specialist in the Immunology department at Sydney Children’s Hospital and at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. Katie has expertise in diagnosing and managing children with food allergies, allergic rhinitis, eczema, hives and immune deficiencies.
Dr Matt Kitson - Gastroenterologist
Matt studied Medicine at the University of Queensland, graduating with Honours in 2001. After initially training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane he moved to London, working at the Royal Free and Royal London Hospitals, and then returned to Australia to complete Gastroenterology training at the Alfred and St Vincent’s Hospitals, obtaining his FRACP in 2011. He was awarded a PhD by Monash University in 2015; his thesis evaluated vitamin D status in liver disease.
Matt is dedicated to patient-centred care and manages all aspects of Gastroenterology & Hepatology including liver disease, bowel cancer screening, inflammatory bowel disease and functional bowel disorders. He is a member of the Alfred Hospital Gastroenterology Department senior medical staff, a Senior Lecturer at Monash University and serves regional Victoria as a visiting Gastroenterologist to Bairnsdale. Matt has over 40 publications and conference presentations in peer-reviewed international journals and at both national and international conferences. His professional affiliations include the Gastroenterological Society of Australia, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the European Association for the Study of the Liver.
Richard Hession - Senior Physiotherapist
Richard, is a UK trained cardiorespiratory physiotherapist with over 15 years’ experience in respiratory physiotherapy. He received his initial honours physiotherapy degree from the University of Keele (UK) in 2001 and went on to specialise in respiratory physiotherapy and worked for 9 years in the UK before relocating his family to Perth, then Melbourne.
Working in one of London's most prestigious respiratory centres gave Richard in-depth experience in a variety of patient groups including CF, bronchiectasis, ILD and cardiothoracic surgery. After gaining a senior position in intensive care, he went on to develop an extended scope role in tracheostomy care. Richard moved to Perth with his family in 2010 where he worked at Fremantle Hospital in Intensive Care and cardiothoracic surgery before moving to Melbourne in 2013. He now holds the senior physiotherapist post in Acute Specialty Medicine at Maroondah Hospital, Eastern Health Melbourne.
Richard also treats and manages respiratory patients privately through Melbourne Chest Physiotherapy Clinic, located in East Ringwood, focusing on improving and maintaining quality of life for respiratory patients in Melbourne. All details and enquiries can be directed through www.melbournechest.org
In 2009, Richard completed his postgraduate diploma in Advanced Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy from University College London and is aiming to continue his further study in Melbourne in the near future.
Although experienced in managing patients with bronchiectasis and PID, he is new to the role in AusPIPS Inc. and very excited at the work ahead.
Geraldine Dunne BSc (Hons) RN Clinical Nurse Consultant, Immunology and Infectious disease, Sydney Children’s Hospital
Geraldine has a strong background in Paediatric Nursing in both Australia and the UK, completed her paediatric training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and holds a degree in Child Health as well as a post graduate diploma in Child Development. She has worked at both major Paediatric hospitals in Sydney.
Geraldine currently works closely with the Immunology team in order to manage, support, educate and assist children and their families living with PID.
Her role has been pivotal in establishing and then expanding the SCIg program the department offers.
Sydney Children’s Hospital is a tertiary referral centre and is part of the Sydney Children’s Hospital network.
Geraldine is an active member of the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) and participates within its working groups and sub committees on the topic of paediatric Immunology nursing. She is also a board member of International Nursing group for Immunodeficiencies (INGID).