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Clinic at the Royal Children's Hospital

Optimal nutrition throughout infancy and childhood is essential to ensure growth and healthy development of children. Inadequate nutrition can lead to a deficiency in vitamins and minerals, poor growth and an increased risk of illness. Overnutrition can develop into obesity increasing a child’s risk of other health conditions.

Nutritional issues can be varied and multifactorial. Various conditions can also impact a child's ability to meet their nutritional requirements - including food allergy and intolerance, coeliac disease, crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. Dietitians, gastroenterologists and paediatricians are experienced in assisting families to manage nutritional concerns.

The following practitioners at CPMG can be of service in helping investigate and manage nutrition issues:

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Tom is a general paediatrician and infectious diseases physician at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. He combines his clinical work with a research academic appointment at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI).

Michaela trained as a Paediatrician at the Royal Children’s and The Mercy Hospitals in Melbourne.

During her training Michaela specialised in developmental and behavioural paediatrics, but since then she has continued to work both acute and outpatient settings, seeing children of all ages, including babies.

Michaela’s areas of interests include developmental delay, speech delay, failure to thrive and growth concerns, Autism, ADHD, constipation, encopresis and enuresis, behavioural problems, anxiety, eczema, asthma and urinary tract infections.

Erin Dobinson is a Paediatric Dietitian with vast experience and passion for the field both in Australia and overseas across all age groups from preterm to adolescents.

She has worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne since 2007, across all major areas, and more recently continues in her role there specialising in faltering growth in young infants, and decreasing enteral feeding or NG dependency.

Her areas of specialty and interest include:

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