OUR TEAM

Dr John Sinn 

MBBS (Syd), M Med (CEpi) DCH, Dip Paed, FRACP

Paediatric Allergist and Neonatologist

 

Dr John Sinn is a paediatric allergist for infants and children at The Paediatric Centre. Dr Sinn's  interest is to decrease food allergy sensitivity via step ladder approach. We use  allergen modification techniques  to lower the allergenicity of allergens like cow milk, egg, nuts and fruits. Gradually the child will go up the ladder to the next level of allergenicity.  This develops tolerance with eventual  aim of desensitisation and able to ingest the allergen. 

 

Prevention and treating eczema is the first step in the management of allergies. Avoiding moisturiser with food in its ingredient is one way to stop developing new allergies.  Aeroallergens like dust mite, grasses and pollen often exacerbate eczema and we offer  immunotherapy via subcutaneous injection or sublingual route to dust mite, cat, dog,  pollen and other aeroallergens. 

 

Dr John Sinn is also a Consultant Neonatologist at RNSH.  He looks after intensive care babies from birth. He has written national guidelines on  probiotics and nutritional policies for infants. He is on medicine advisory board for Department of Health and on the board of Australian Neonatal formulary.  He supports breast feeding and when tongue tie cause significant feeding difficulties he is accredited to performed tongue tie ligation and has performed  hundreds  with the aim of assisting successful breast feeding. He is one of the authors of the tongue tie guide line published  by the Australian Dental Association, a national consensus statement. 

 

He is a full member of Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)  and has been on policy boards of RACP, ASCIA, EAACI, FSANZ, PSANZ and NHMRC. He has been an accredited consultant in the  Department of Immunology and Allergy at RPAH and RNSH.  He has extensive publications in areas of allergy prevention, food intolerances, cows milk allergy, microbiome, probiotics and prebiotics, and immunisations. He has written national policies on cow's milk intolerance and food allergy prevention strategies.  He has written more than 10 Cochrane reviews which are the major reference points for probiotics, prebiotics, allergy prevention, hydrolysed protein, iodine, soy, amino acid, ADHD and omega 3.  There are more than 3350 publications that has cited Dr Sinn's research papers. He is an international and national invited speaker, presenting regularly on nutrition, probiotics, microbiome and allergy. Internationally he has been invited to speak at government levels from countries like China, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam and Malaysia on nutrition, microbiome and allergy. He is an author on the guideline for the first 1000 days which is in every new mother's information pack in Australia and New Zealand with a distribution of >500000 booklets.

 

 

Dr Traci-Anne Goyen PhD(UNSW) BAppSc(Occupational Therapy)

Infant Development Specialist

  

Dr Goyen is a Clinical Specialist in Occupational Therapy at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and developmental follow-up clinic at Westmead Hospital. She has had over 20 years experience working with high-risk infants and their families from NICU to school-age.

She has an interest in the developmental outcome of infants born extremely premature. Her research publications in this high risk population have examined Retinopathy of Prematurity and developmental outcome, development of motor skills from 18 months to 5 years, prevalence of Developmental Coordination Disorder, outcome of preterm twins, sensorimotor skills in extremely preterm children, and eye-hand coordination skills at 5 years of age. Her doctoral research investigated “Motor Dysfunction in ‘Apparently Normal’ High-Risk Children”.

Traci is certified to administer a number of assessments including the General Movements Assessment (Advanced), Bayleys Scales of Infant and Toddler Development III, and the NICU Network Neurobehavioral  Scale (NNNs). She has a particular interest in the cognitive and fine motor development of preterm infants, as well as early identification of cerebral palsy in the high-risk population.

 

 

 

Melissa Compton  B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology) M.S.P.A.A., C.P.S.P

Speech Pathologist

 

Melissa is a highly qualified and trained Speech Pathologist with over 15 years of experience in assessment and management of babies and children with feeding difficulties. Her areas of expertise include breast and bottle feeding difficulties related to prematurity, complex medical conditions, syndromes, cleft lip &/or palate and craniofacial anomalies, tube weaning, difficulties transitioning to solids, tongue tie and saliva control issues (dribbling). Feeding is an integral part of everyday life and this is something Melissa is very passionate about. She wants to help families by empowering parents in their ability to feed their child.

  • Infants and children up to 10 years with suspected or diagnosed tongue tie requiring assessment and management for feeding &/or speech difficulties

  • Feeding difficulties secondary to prematurity, cleft lip &/or palate, neurological impairments, complex medical conditions, syndromes, craniofacial anomalies,

  • Infants and children transitioning from tube to oral feeding

  • Breast or Bottle feeding difficulties

  • Feeding difficulties in babies and children up to 5 years with a disability

  • Fussy eaters/difficulty transitioning to solids

  • Oral Aversion

  • Saliva control/Dribbling