Medical Advisory Committee

Coeliac Australia is advised by a Medical Advisory Committee (MAC), made up of Australia’s leading gastroenterologists, coeliac disease researchers, immunologists, dietitians and medical practitioners.

The advice we receive from the MAC is based on current research and ensures we remain informed on up to date best practice for diagnosis and management of coeliac disease. It also allows us to fulfil our commitment to provide our members with the most current and relevant information on all matters relating to coeliac disease and the gluten free diet.

The following members make up our Medical Advisory Committee.

 

Chairperson
Dr Jason Tye-Din

Dr Tye-Din is a gastroenterologist and coeliac disease specialist. He has worked closely with Coeliac Australia for the past decade and is actively engaged in medical and public education on coeliac disease. He leads the Coeliac Research team at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, where his research has contributed to understanding the toxicity of gluten and provided the basis for designing new coeliac diagnostics and treatments. He practises at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, and is a lecturer at Melbourne and Monash Universities. He consults to ImmusanT Inc, the company developing the coeliac immune therapy.


 

Dr Bob Anderson

Dr Anderson initially trained as a clinical specialist in gastroenterology and internal medicine. His work in gastroenterology and immunology, working with vaccines, and coeliac patient care gave him a better understanding of the medical problems of unrecognised coeliac disease, the limitations of gluten free living, and the potential of vaccines that might be applied to coeliac disease. Dr Anderson’s first research in coeliac disease identified the component of wheat gluten responsible for much of the immune reaction causing coeliac disease. He also spent ten years at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute establishing a research program focussed on defining the specific targets of the immune response to gluten as a means to designing new diagnostic tests and therapies. He worked with Dr Jason Tye-Din to establish Coeliac Clinics, foster education campaigns, and expand coeliac disease research in Australia. Dr Anderson initiated the Australian New Zealand Coeliac Research Fund with The Royal Melbourne Hospital and co-founded the Coeliac Research Fund with Coeliac Australia. He later co-founded and became Chief Executive Officer of Nexpep Pty Ltd, to begin the preclinical and initial clinical development of Nexvax2, known as the coeliac vaccine. After ImmusanT Inc (USA) acquired Nexpep's technology, he moved to New England to serve as Chief Scientific Officer for ImmusanT, Inc. in Cambridge MA and continues his involvement in the development of Nexvax2 as it progresses through clinical development.


 

Dr Don Cameron

Dr Cameron is a paediatric and adolescent gastroenterologist who has been looking after young people with coeliac disease for over thirty five years and has been closely associated with Coeliac Australia for many years.
Dr Cameron is Head of the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash Children's Hospital, Senior Gastroenterologist at the Royal Children's Hospital, and Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics, Monash University, Melbourne. He has been on successive international World Congress Coeliac Disease Working Groups since 2000, a member of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the Coeliac Research Fund, now the Medical Advisory Committee of Coeliac Australia. He is shareholder in Nexpep Pty Ltd.


 

Prof Andrew Day

Prof Day is a Paediatric Gastroenterologist based in Christchurch, New Zealand, has an academic appointment at the University of Otago, Christchurch, and an appointment in the Paediatrics Department at Christchurch Hospital. After medical and paediatric training in Dunedin and Christchurch, Prof Day undertook further speciality training at the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto, Canada. He then worked for almost a decade in Sydney, Australia, before returning to New Zealand in 2009. Prof Day has clinical and research interests in coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel diseases, with productive research activities in these areas. He was a member of the Coeliac Research Fund for several years and is a Patron of Coeliac New Zealand.


 

Mrs Penny Dellsperger

Mrs Dellsperger is an Accredited Practising Dietitian specialising in coeliac disease, and is employed by Coeliac NSW/ACT. She has coeliac disease herself. In her role at Coeliac NSW/ACT, Mrs Dellsperger is responsible for patient consultations, education of dietitians and other health professionals in the field of coeliac disease, and staff training at schools, aged care and child care facilities. Mrs Dellsperger is also a member of Coeliac Australia’s editorial team and is involved in the development of resources on coeliac disease and the gluten free diet.
Mrs Dellsperger represented Coeliac Australia on the Allergen Forum’s Labelling Working Group, an initiative of the Australian Food & Grocery Council.


 Ass Prof Chris Hogan

Ass Prof Chris Hogan

Ass Prof Chris Hogan has been a GP in Sunbury since 1979. He is a member of the Medical Coordinator Squad, State Emergency Response (Medical Displan), Department of Human Services (Vic) and the Chair of the Ministerial Asthma Expert Advisory Group (DHS Vic).
He is a councillor for the Australian Resuscitation Council and the Anti Cancer Council (Vic), as well as a member of the Victorian Quality Assurance & Continuing Professional Development Committee.
Ass Prof Hogan is a past Chairman of the Victoria Faculty (1997-99) and past Director of the Victorian Research & Health Promotion Unit of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (1996-2002).


 

Mr Terry Hoskins

Mr Hoskins is the director of Approach Limited, advisory board specialists, and a director of More Business Limited, business consultants. Prior to this, he worked for ten years as the Chief Executive of Enterprise North Shore, the former economic development agency for North Shore City.  
Mr Hoskins was educated in England where he managed and led a range of businesses. He has an MBA and is an IMCNZ certified management consultant, a fellow of NZIM, a director of IABC, a trustee of the Independent Business Foundation, president of Coeliac NZ, trustee of North Shore Community and Social Services, a member of the Employment Generation Fund advisory board and a Rotarian.
As an Accredited Director (provisional) with the Institute of Directors and a business mentor, Mr Hoskins has a special interest in promoting sound governance and strategic management within smaller companies. He is an advisory board member for a number of client organisations.
Since arriving in New Zealand over 20 years ago, Mr Hoskins has led his own businesses and held senior positions with others. He has helped many businesses succeed by taking a strategic view, looking ahead, reasoning backwards and overcoming constraints for growth.


Dr Evan Newnham

Dr Newnham is a gastroenterologist actively involved in research into coeliac disease. He is the Director of Medicine and Senior Lecturer, Monash University at the Angliss Hospital, and consults in the Coeliac and Inflammatory Bowel Disease clinics at Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne. In addition to these roles, Dr Newnham is continuing PhD research at Box Hill Hospital into therapies for newly diagnosed coeliac disease and the cognitive impacts of established coeliac disease.


 

Mr Hugh Sheardown

Mr Sheardown was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2001. He is currently the President of Coeliac Australia and has been since 2010. Prior to this, Mr Sheardown was Vice President of Coeliac Australia from 2009 to 2010, and President of Coeliac Queensland from 2006 to 2010. He has been a self employed investor since 2004, having held various senior management positions within a financial services organisation for 26 years, and a management role within the earthmoving/construction industry for 10 years.


 

Dr Sue Shepherd

Dr Shepherd is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian and Advanced Accredited Nutritionist with 16 years’ experience in the area of gastrointestinal nutrition. She is recognised internationally as a leading dietitian for the treatment of dietary intolerances. Dr Shepherd developed the Low FODMAP Diet, which is recognised internationally as the primary dietary therapy for management of irritable bowel syndrome. In 2008, Dr Shepherd was awarded her doctorate for her PhD research in aspects of coeliac disease and dietary management of irritable bowel syndrome. Dr Shepherd is a life member of Coeliac Victoria & Tasmania and she also has coeliac disease herself. Dr Shepherd was awarded the Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence Australia, 2013, she has written eleven best-selling cookbooks for people with coeliac disease, low FODMAP diet (irritable bowel syndrome) and food allergies. Dr Shepherd is a consultant to numerous medical advisory boards, is an invited speaker to many national and international medical conferences, is an Editor for Healthy Food Guide magazine, and has a dietitian consulting practice, Shepherd Works, employing 13 dietitians. She also works as senior lecturer at La Trobe University in Victoria and is a Research Fellow for the University of Queensland School of Medicine.


 

Dr Richard Steele

Dr Steele was born and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand, before moving to Dunedin to study medicine. He emigrated to Sydney Australia in 1993 where he developed an interest and trained in immunology. He obtained both Physician and Pathology qualifications in immunology in 1999. He has practised within clinical immunology and immunopathology since that time. Clinically, Dr Steele manages patients with primary immunodeficiency, connective tissue diseases, HIV and allergy. He returned to New Zealand to work in Wellington in 2003. Richard has a particular interest in autoimmune serology, particularly coeliac disease and in other connective tissue diseases. He is also the New Zealand Vice President of the Australasian College of Pathologists. Dr Steele is a Senior Lecturer for the University of Otago, Wellington.


 

Mr David Sullivan

Mr Sullivan has been the Executive Officer of Coeliac NSW since early 2011. As the National Business Development Manager with Coeliac Australia, he is also the senior executive overseeing the operations of the national body that represents the interests of the five state coeliac organisations. Mr Sullivan has worked as a senior executive in the Charitable Sector for more than 16 years and also worked for more than 15 years in commercial radio in Sydney.
Coeliac disease has significantly impacted Mr Sullivan’s family, so he has both a personal and professional interest in working to improve awareness, diagnosis and treatment for coeliacs, and representing patient interests on the Medical Advisory Committee.


 

Dr Louise Wienholt

Dr Wienholt is Laboratory Manager for the Clinical Immunology Laboratory at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and a lecturer at the Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. She has a Bachelor of Biomedical Science, a Masters of Science in Medicine specialising in coeliac disease and is currently completing a Doctorate in pathology delivery. Dr Wienholt’s interests include autoimmune diseases and allergy testing, as well as improving diagnostic testing in immunological conditions.


 
 

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