Melbourne Paediatric Specialists


A/Prof John Massie

Respiratory Paediatrician
Associate Professor John Massie - Respiratory Paediatrician

A/Prof John Massie


Respiratory Paediatrician

Clinical Interests

A/Prof John Massie sees children from infancy to adolescence with airway and breathing problems, including, for example: asthma, recurrent chest infections, cough, chronic neonatal lung disease, congenital lung and airway diseases, cystic fibrosis, obstructive sleep apnoea and respiratory complications of neuromuscular weakness.

Background and experience

John graduated from the University of Sydney in 1990. He trained in paediatrics at The Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children (Sydney) and completed his fellowship in paediatric respiratory medicine at the Children’s Hospital Westmead (Sydney) and Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne). John undertook a PhD at the University of Sydney (1999), “The Early Diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis”. He has been a consultant in the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) since 1999.

John is an honorary Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne and a Research Fellow at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. John is a member of the RCH Clinical Ethics Committee.

Practice Philosophy

John is a strong patient advocate, ensuring that patients receive the best possible care.

Research Interests

John has published extensively on the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis (newborn screening, sweat testing and genotype-phenotype correlation) and population based carrier screening for cystic fibrosis. He has also published work in the development of early lung disease and the psychosocial impact of cystic fibrosis. He has numerous publications in various aspects of paediatric respiratory medicine and bioethics.

Select Publications & Book Chapters →

  • John Massie, Lynn Gillam. Ethical Considerations with the Management of Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome. Pediatr Pulmonol 2014 (in press)
  • John Massie, Liane Ioannou, Martin Delatycki. Prenatal and preconception population carrier screening for cystic fibrosis in Australia: Where are we up to? Aust New Zealand J Obstet Gyanae 2014 (in press)
  • Delatycki MB, Burke J, Christie L, Collins F, Gabbett M, George P, Haan E, Ioannou L, Martin N, McKenzie F, O’Leary P, Scoble-Williams N, Turner G, Massie J. Population based carrier screening for cystic fibrosis. Human Genetics Society of Australasia Position Statement. Twin Res Hum Genet 2014 (in press)
  • John Massie, Carlo Castellani, Wayne W Grody. The Relevance of Carrier Screening for Cystic Fibrosis in the New Era of Medications that Restore CFTR Function. Lancet. 2014; 383:923-925
  • John Massie, Lynn Gillam. Uncertain diagnosis after newborn screening for cystic fibrosis: an ethics based approach to a clinical dilemma. Pediatr Pulmonol 2014; 49(1):1-7
  • Richard Norman, Kees van Gool, Jane Hall, Martin Delatycki, John Massie. The Cost-Effectiveness of Carrier Screening for Cystic Fibrosis: Approaches in Australia. J of Cystic Fibrosis 2012; 11:281-287
  • John Massie, Lisette Curnow, Judith Glazner, David Armstrong, Ivan Francis. Lessons Learned from 20 years of Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis. Med J Aust 2012; 196(1):67-70
  • Carlo Castellani, Milan Macek Jr, Jean-Jacques Cassiman, Alistair Duff, John Massie, Leo P ten Kate, David Barton, Garry Cutting, Bruno Dalla Piccola, Els Dequeker, Emmanuelle Girodon, Wayne Grody, Edward Highsmith, Helena Kääriäinen, Stephan Kruip, Michael Morris, Pier Franco Pignatti, Ulrike Pypops, Wolf Rogowski, Martin Schwarz, Maria Soller, Manfred Stuhrman, Harry Cuppens. Benchmarks for Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screening: A European Consensus Document. J Cystic Fibrosis 2010; 9:165-178
  • John Massie, Lydia Gaffney, Lisette Curnow, John Carlin, Ivan Francis. Declining prevalence of cystic fibrosis since the introduction of newborn screening. Arch Dis Child 2010; 95: 531-533
  • Lucy Modra, John Massie, Martin Delatycki. Ethical considerations in choosing a model for population-based cystic fibrosis carrier screening. Med J Aust 2010; 193 (3): 157-160
  • John Massie, Vicki Petrou, Robyn Forbes, Lisette Curnow, Liane Ioannou, Desiree Dusart, Agnes Bankier, Martin Delatycki. Population-Based Carrier Screening for Cystic Fibrosis in Victoria: the first three years experience. Aust J Obset Gynae 2009 49; 484-489
  • Ava Mishra, Ronda Greaves, John Carlin, Katherine Roberts, Andrew Wootton, Robert Sterling, John Massie. Establishing a reference range for sweat electrolytes in adolescents and adults. J Paediatrics 2008; 153:758-63

Public / Private Hospital Appointments

  • Department of Respiratory Medicine, Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne
  • Infection, Immunity and Environment theme, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute