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, constipation, as well as developmental, behavioural and learning problems.
Valerie Sung is a general and behavioural/developmental paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She is director of the Caring for Hearing Impaired Children (CHIC) clinic through the Department of General Medicine, and consultant in the Unsettled Babies Clinic through the Centre for Community Child Health. She has also worked in the Sleep Clinic and in various General Medical clinics.
Valerie is passionate about helping parents struggling with crying babies and those with sleep problems, having lived the experience herself. She is also passionate about helping families of children with permanent hearing loss and those with special needs. She is a strong advocate for optimising patient care quality and improving 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. She was awarded the Dean’s Award for Excellence in a PhD Thesis from the University of Melbourne in 2016.
Valerie is an active clinical researcher at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her PhD examined the role of probiotics for infant colic, and she led an international collaboration of research in this area. Her current 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.
Being a mother of two young children, 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 maternal and child health nurses, speech therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, and also liaises with preschool and school educators when needed.
Valerie is a member of:
Treating infant colic with the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri: double blind, placebo controlled randomised trial.