Advisory Panel

 

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 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 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.