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Our National Associate Investigators

Peter Gowdie

Peter is a Paediatric Rheumatologist and General Paediatrician with appointments at both The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital where he is the Head of Paediatric Rheumatology. Peter holds an Adjunct Lecturer appointment at Monash University, where he teaches undergraduate medical students. His teaching commitments also include education of postgraduate rheumatology and paediatric specialist trainees.

Peter is actively involved in Rheumatology and General Paediatric research at The Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital. Peter has a particular interest in the management of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis, periodic fever syndromes and paediatric autoimmune disease such as vasculitis and SLE.

Christina Boros

Christina is a paediatric rheumatologist, who trained at Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and sees patients up to the age of 18 years. Christina consults at the Women's and Children's Hospital, where she is Head of the Rheumatology unit.

Her main clinical research interests are in Juvenile arthritis, paediatric SLE and other connective tissue diseases as well as auto inflammatory diseases.

Davinder Singh-Grewal

Davinder is a paediatric rheumatologist with over 15 years of experience in the management of children with rheumatic diseases. He completed his rheumatology training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto Canada and has worked as a Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

He is currently appointed at all three children's hospitals in New South Wales - The Children's Hospital at Westmead, The Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick and The John Hunter Children's Hospital in Newcastle - along with Liverpool Hospital in South Western Sydney.

Davinder is an active member of Arthritis NSW which is the peak patient group for children with arthritis

Navid Adib

Navid is a paediatrician specialising in rheumatology and has been practicing at The Wesley Hospital since 2006. Navid's areas of interests include paediatric rheumatology, musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders, juvenile arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis, lupus and morphea. 

Navid is passionate about providing health care to the children in regional and outback Australia and frequently travels to provide clinics near their home. 

Navid completed his PhD in Paediatric Rheumatology in Manchester, UK. He trained in paediatric rheumatology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester. Prior to his current practice, he consulted in paediatric rheumatology in Manchester. 

He is a member of the Australian Rheumatology Association and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Collage of Physicians.

Pavla Walsh

Pavla is a Paediatric Rheumatologist and Pain Medicine Specialist, with training and experience in the management of disorders of the musculoskeletal system in childhood. She also works with the Complex Pain and the Paediatric Rheumatology teams at Perth Children's Hospital, and the WA Specialist Pain Service in Cottesloe.

Pavla completed her training at Perth Children's Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital. She has considerable experience in helping children and young people with chronic pain issues.

Ben Whitehead

Ben is a paediatric rheumatologist and director of paediatric rheumatology at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.  He has completed training in both general paediatrics and paediatric rheumatology.

Ben and his team provide care and treatment for children and young people with rheumatic diseases including juvenile idiopathic arthritis and as well as young adult rheumatology transition services.

It is a free public health service delivering care to children who live in Queensland and northern New South Wales with outreach to regional centres.