JHC appoints first Professor in Paediatrics
May 02, 2012
Joondalup Health Campus has appointed its first Professor of Paediatrics - Consultant Paediatrician Dr Desiree Silva.
Prof Silva joins a growing number of doctors at the hospital who also hold university positions. The Professor of Paediatrics position is funded by Ramsay Health Care which operates JHC, the University of Western Australia and the WA Department of Health.
“As the major hospital for Perth’s northern suburbs, we treat thousands of local children every year,” said Deputy Chief Executive Officer Sean Hubbard. “We are committed to providing the very best care to our young patients and ensuring they benefit from the latest medical advances. Appointing a Professor of Paediatrics is part of our commitment to provide excellent health care to our growing community.
“Prof Silva has worked at our hospital for many years and is a valuable member of our team. She has an impressive clinical and research record and has worked closely with the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research for many years. She is currently completing a PhD on the early risk factors and outcomes of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and will help shape the research agenda at UWA.”
Prof Silva said she was honoured to be appointed. “I am deeply honoured to be appointed the first Professor of Paediatrics at Joondalup Health Campus. The Paediatrics Department is one of the fastest growing areas of the hospital and includes our dedicated paediatric emergency department, special care nursery and inpatient ward.
“We have a growing junior doctor training program. My focus will be to ensure we provide the very best training to these paediatricians of the future as well as furthering my research into conditions affecting children.”