Speakers

Dr Nick Gottardo

Nick Gottardo is a clinician/scientist based in Perth, Western Australia. He is a paediatric oncologist/neuro-oncologist and Head of the Department of Paediatric Oncology and Haematology at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. He is also the Co-leader of the Brain Tumour Research Programme at the Telethon Kids Institute. He undertook his neuro-oncology fellowship at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he developed extensive experience in mouse model generation and preclinical testing. The Brain Tumour Research Programme focuses on testing novel therapies using mouse model systems that more closely recapitulate the human disease, in order to test the effectiveness of new treatments for childhood brain tumours, so that the most promising therapies can be taken through to the clinic. He is the chair of the Children’s Oncology Group’s front-line clinical trial for WNT subgroup medulloblastoma patients, which will investigate therapy reduction for this subgroup of patients who have excellent survival on current therapy.

Dr Fiona Bettenay

Dr Bettenay is a graduate of UWA with an MBBS Hons achieved in 1978.   She trained in radiology at RPH before undertaking a 2-year fellowship in paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne .She was appointed to PMH in 1989 and was HOD at PMH from 2008 – 2016. She has been an RANZCR Examiner in Paediatrics since 1997.In 2015 Dr Bettenay was appointed the BEO for WA and Network Training Director for the WA Radiology Training scheme. She has interests in paediatrics , medico-legal and breast Imaging.

Dr Kevin Murray

Kevin is paediatric rheumatologist based at Princess Margaret Hospital/Perth Children’s Hospital (hopefully) and in private practice at the Arthritis Centre in Shenton Park.  He is currently Head of Department of Rheumatology, Metabolic Medicine and Complex Pain services at PMH and runs the Transition/Young Adult Rheumatology clinic at SCGH.  Kevin trained initially in paediatrics at PMH and then undertook rheuamtology training at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in the US for 5 years. He was first gainfully employed as a consultant and Head of the Paediatric Rheumatology Service at the Great Ormond St Hospital for Children in London for 5 years prior to returning to Australia in 2002.  He is the ex-Chair of the Australasian Paediatric Rheumatology Group and the Paediatric Rheumatology International trials Organisation Australasian Representative.

His clinical and research interest encompass the spectrum of rheumatic and musculo-skeletal disorders of children and in particular juvenile arthritis vasculitis disorders juvenile dermatomyositis and chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis.  More recently his department has been devoping research interests in  imaging in rheumatic diseases and musculoskeletal medicine in children.  He is an author of over 60 scientific articles and over 20 reviews and book chapters in the area of paediatric rheumatology.  He is the father of three young children, an Auskick coach, and a sometimes avid paddler.

Shyan Vijay

Associate Professor Shyan Vijayasekaran MBBS, FRACS grew up in Perth, studied at the University of Western Australia and graduated with distinctions in Medicine and Surgery.  He subsequently trained in Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery in London and Perth. Shyan completed a Fellowship in Paediatric Otolaryngology with Professor Robin Cotton at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital,USA. He is one of the few international graduates of this prestigious programme. Shyan was awarded the Charles Ferguson prize by the American Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology in 2005.

Shyan is the Head of Department at Perth Children’s Hospital and works at several other institutions in Perth. He is a Clinical Associate Professor affiliated with the School of Surgery and the school of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Western Australia. His clinical and research interests included disorders of airway, voice, swallowing, management of hearing loss and chronic otitis media. He has published over 80 papers in peer reviewed journals, chapters in textbooks and is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings. Shyan is married with 4 children and enjoys travel, running and yoga.

Dr Craig Gibson

Dr Gibson holds the following qualifications: MBBS (Hons) and FRANZCR. He completed a dual clinical fellowship in paediatric radiology and paediatric interventional radiology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He was then appointed as a Consultant Paediatric Interventional Radiologist at Great Ormond St Hospital in London, UK where he stayed for 3 years. Dr Gibson has recently returned to Perth where he has been appointed as the Head of Radiology at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Dr Gibson’s areas of expertise include neonatal procedures, vascular access, vascular anomalies and renovascular disease.

Dr Michael Mason

Michael has completed a Paediatric Imaging Fellowship at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and a Musculoskeletal imaging Fellowship at Fremantle Hospital. He combines his skills as a Paediatric Musculoskeletal Radiologist at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children and Envision Medical Imaging. He has a special interest in Sports Imaging, Non-accidental Injury and Paediatric Oncology Imaging.  Michael is married with 3 children and likes travelling, running, coaching a range of junior sports and the mighty Collingwood Magpies.

Dr Conor Murray

Conor completed his medical degree at the University of Western Australia in 1992 and a diploma of child health at the Perth Children’s Hospital in 1995. Thereafter, Conor trained in the Western Australian radiology program and undertook fellowships in paediatric radiology and adult cardiac and thoracic radiology at Sick Kids and the University Health Network in Toronto in 2001 and 2002.  Since, Conor has worked as a radiologist in public and private practice in Perth, predominantly in adult and paediatric chest and cardiac imaging and intervention.  Conor’s ongoing research interest is the utility of low dose CT and structural and functional MRI of the lung.