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    Dr Valerie Sung

Valerie is a paediatrician at The Royal Children’s Hospital and a Senior Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her career vision is to provide the best care to children and families she sees through her clinical practice, while conducting clinical and population based research that can change and optimize care. Valerie is director of the Caring for Hearing Impaired Children Clinic and consults in the Unsettled Babies Clinic at the RCH. Her research program on childhood hearing loss has a unique health services framework that encompasses population and clinical cohorts as well as intervention trials. It aims to identify early predictors of child outcomes to improve early prognostic counselling, establish evidence-based management through interventional trials, and ultimately discover ways to prevent or reduce progression of hearing loss. She was awarded a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship in 2019 for this work. For her PhD, Dr Sung conducted a randomised trial of a probiotic in treating infant colic, published in the BMJ. She subsequently led an international collaboration that pooled data from international trials to determine the probiotic’s effectiveness in colic. Valerie is founder and chair of the Childhood Hearing Australasian Medical Professionals (CHAMP) Network which developed national guidelines for managing childhood hearing loss. She is a committee member of the Australian Newborn Hearing Screening Committee, and editorial panel member of the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.