Melbourne Paediatric Specialists

 

Dr Valerie Sung

General Paediatrician, Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician
Dr Valerie Sung

Dr Valerie Sung

MBBS (Hons) FRACP MPH PhD

General Paediatrician
Developmental & Behavioural Paediatrician

Clinical Interests

Acute and chronic medical conditions in children from birth to primary school years. Valerie has particular interests in infant crying, childhood sleep problems, childhood hearing loss, continence and toileting problems, developmental delay, autism, ADHD, obesity and growth concerns, asthma, eczema, behavioural and learning problems.

Background and experience

Valerie Sung is a general and behavioural/developmental paediatrician at the Centre for Community Child Health and Department of General Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She works in the Unsettled Babies Clinic and has also worked in the Sleep Clinic and in various General Medical clinics.

In 2016, she set up the first paediatric clinical service for children with hearing loss at The RCH, the Caring for Hearing Impaired Children (CHIC) clinic.

Her PhD examined the role of probiotics for infant crying. She is also a strong advocate for optimising patient care quality, and is part of the hospital’s team in rolling out an electronic medical record system aimed to improve the health system and patient outcomes.

Valerie completed her paediatric training at the Royal Children’s Hospital in 2008. She completed a paediatric clinical and research observership at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Centre in Ohio, USA, in 2009. She obtained a Masters in Public Health from Monash University in 2010, and recently completed her PhD thesis through the University of Melbourne.

Research Interests

Valerie is an active clinical researcher at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Her PhD examined the role of probiotics for infant colic, and she leads an international collaboration of research in this area. Her other research passion is to find ways to optimise care for children with hearing loss to enable them to achieve their full developmental potentials, and strategies to improve patient care. Her other publications include childhood sleep and obesity.

Practice Philosophies

Being a mother of two preschool girls, Valerie is passionate about family centred care, and enjoys working collaboratively with families to reach the best possible outcomes for the child and the family. She works closely with allied health professionals, including lactation consultants, maternal and child health nurses, speech therapists, psychologists and physiotherapists, and also liaises with preschool and school educators when needed.

Publications →

  • Sung V. Probiotic interventions in infantile colic. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care 2015; 18:307-311. Doi:10.1097/MCO.0000000000000157
  • Sung V, Cabana MD, D’Amico F, Deshpande G, Dupont C, Indrio F, Mentula S, Partty A, Savino F, Szajewska H, Tancredi D. Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 for managing infant colic: protocol for an individual participant data meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2014,4:e006475
  • Sung V, Hiscock H, Tang MLK, Mensah FK, Nation ML, Satzke C, Heine RG, Stock A, Barr RG, Wake M. Treating infant colic with the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri: a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial. BMJ 2014;348:g2107
  • Sung V, Collett S, de Gooyer T, Tang M, Hiscock H, Wake M.  Probiotics to prevent or treat excessive infant crying: systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics 167(12): 1150-1157. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2572
  • Sung V, Hiscock H, Tang M, Mensah F, Heine RG, Stock A, York E, Barr RG, Wake M. Probiotics to improve outcomes of colic in the community: Protocol for the Baby Biotics randomised controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics 2012, 12:135 doi:10.1186/1471-2431-12-135
  • Chan EK, Quach J, Mensah FK, Sung V, Cheung M, Wake M. Dark chocolate for children’s blood pressure: randomised trial. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2012; doi:10.1136/archdischild-2011-301305
  • Sung V, Beebe DW, VanDyke R, Fenchel MC, Crimmins NA, Kirk S, Hiscock H, Amin R, Wake M. Does sleep duration predict metabolic risk in obese adolescents attending tertiary services? A cross-sectional study. Sleep 2011;34(7):891-898
  • Sung V, Cranswick N. Cough and cold remedies for children under 2 years. The Australian Prescriber, October 2009;32:122-4.
  • Sung V, Hiscock H, Sciberras E, Efron D. Sleep problems in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Prevalence and the effect on the child and family. Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine 2008;162(4):336-42
  • Sung V, Massie J, Robertson C, Hoffman M, Carlin J, Jamsen K. Measurement of the inspired oxygen concentration delivered by nasal cannula in children with bronchiolitis. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health 2008;44(1-2):14-18
  • Warne G, Sung V, Raza SJ, Khan YN, Armstrong K. Application for inclusion of Hydrocortisone tablets in the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children (July 2008). Submitted by the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne, Australia, the National Institute of Child Health (NICH), Karachi, Pakistan, and Caring & Living As Neighbours (CLAN), Australia, to the Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines, Children’s Essential Medicines List, World Health Organization, Geneva. http://www.who.int/selection_medicines/committees/subcommittee/2/HYDRO.pdf
  • Warne G, Sung V, Raza SJ, Khan YN, Armstrong K. Application for inclusion of Fludrocortisone tablets in the WHO Model List of Essential Medicines for Children (July 2008). Submitted by the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), Melbourne, Australia, the National Institute of Child Health (NICH), Karachi, Pakistan, and Caring & Living As Neighbours (CLAN), Australia, to the Expert Committee on the Selection and Use of Essential Medicines, Children’s Essential Medicines List, World Health Organization, Geneva. http://www.who.int/selection_medicines/committees/subcommittee/2/FLUDRO.pdf
  • Sung V, John N, Oberklaid F. Managing encopresis. Therapy Update: The Australian Doctor. 15th March 2007. http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/clinical/therapy-update/managing-encopresis
  • Sung V, Hutson JM. A novel way to diagnose cystic fibrosis in the neonate with a bowel obstruction and possible meconium ileus. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health 2003;39(9):720
  • Sung V, O’Brien D, Matchett E, Brown G, Torresi J. Dengue fever in travellers returning from Southest Asia. Journal of Travel Medicine 2003;10(4):208-13

Presentations →

  • Maternal and Child Health Nurses Study Day (Invited lecturer) “The Unsettled Infant”, 1st October 2015
  • Clinical Paediatric Update 2015, The Royal Children’s Hospital, 31st May 2015. (Invited speaker/panel member) Dealing with the irritable infant.
  • Mercy Hospital Grand Rounds (Invited speaker). 28th May 2015. Managing infant crying, feeding and sleep problems.
  • General Practitioners Education Session (CME) – Medical One Sydenham. 26th May 2015 (Invited speaker) Dealing with the unwell child.
  • The 12th International Infant Cry Workshop, Warwick, UK, July 2014. “Treating Infant Colic with the Probiotic Lactobacillus Reuteri: A Randomised Double−Blind Placebo Controlled Trial”
  • PhD Completion Seminar, Royal Children’s Hospital, 16th April 2014
  • Three Minute Publication, Population Health Theme, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, 27th November 2013 (3rd prize) “Probiotics to prevent or treat excessive infant crying: systematic review and meta-analysis”
  • Three Minute Thesis Finals, Campus Research and Education Week, Royal Children’s Hospital, 25th October 2013. “Probiotics – the next natural miracle for colic?”
  • Invitated speaker for “Student gladiators, the best of the best”, Campus Research and Education Week, Royal Children’s Hospital, 23rd October 2013. “Treating Infant Colic with the Probiotic Lactobacillus Reuteri: A Randomised Double−Blind Placebo Controlled Trial”
  • Children’s Campus Research Students’ Association, Student Symposium, Royal Children’s Hospital, 20th September 2013. “Treating Infant Colic with the Probiotic Lactobacillus Reuteri: A Randomised Double−Blind Placebo Controlled Trial”
  • The International Congress of Pediatrics, 24th – 29th August 2013. Treating Infant Colic with the Probiotic Lactobacillus Reuteri: A Randomised Double−Blind Placebo Controlled Trial (Rue Wright Award Finalist among >2000 abstracts)
  • Three Minute Thesis “Probiotics – the next natural miracle for colic?”, 28th August 2013, University of Melbourne, Royal Children’s Hospital (2nd prize)
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Grand Round, 7th August 2013. “Early probiotic interventions in the first 100 days… A natural miracle for infant colic?” (Invited speaker, co-presented with Prof Michael Cabana)
  • EMCRA&PSA Poster Symposium, Thursday 4thJuly 2013. Probiotics for Infant Colic: Systematic Review and Meta−Analysis (poster presentation)
  • The Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Washington DC, USA, May 2013. Treating Infant Colic with the Probiotic Lactobacillus Reuteri: A Randomised Double−Blind Placebo Controlled Trial (platform presentation) – awarded the Society for Pediatric Research Student Research Award.
  • The Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Washington DC, USA, May 2013. Probiotics for Infant Colic: Systematic Review and Meta−Analysis (poster presentation)
  • Nestle Nutrition Education Seminar for Health Professionals, Melbourne, 19th September 2012. “Crying babies, a paediatric perspective” (Invited speaker) Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, Victoria, Australia
  • VicFEAT (Paediatric Further Education and Training)15th August 2012, Melbourne. The irritable and unsettled infant: approach to management. Presenters: Harriet Hiscock, Valerie Sung, Ralf Heine. (Invited speaker)
  • Nestle Nutrition Education Seminar for Health Professionals, Melbourne, 14th June 2012. “Crying babies, a paediatric perspective” (Invited speaker) Moonee Valley Racecourse, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia
  • The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Congress, Brisbane, May 2012. Probiotics – the next natural miracle? (Invited speaker, sunrise session)
  • The Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, May 2010. Does sleep duration predict metabolic risk in obese adolescents?
  • The World Congress in Internal Medicine, Melbourne, March 2010. Does sleep duration predict metabolic risk in obese adolescents? “Best Poster Prize in Paediatrics and Child Health Division” winner (prize: $1500).
  • Hope Clinic, Macau, December 2009. Paediatric seizures. Lecture to general practitioners in rural areas. (Invited speaker)
  • Advanced Trainee Research Presentations, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, 2008. Do sleep problems cause additional impairment for children with ADHD and their families?
  • The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Congress, Melbourne, May 2007. Do sleep problems cause additional impairment for children with ADHD and their families? “Blackwell New Investigator Award” finalist.
  • The Royal Australasian College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Canberra, May 2004. Measurement of the inspired oxygen concentration delivered by nasal cannula in children with bronchiolitis. “Best Poster Prize” finalist.

Hospitals Accredited

  • Royal Children’s Hospital

Additional Articles & Resources:

Treating infant colic with the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri: double blind, placebo controlled randomised trial.