Compass Kids Clinic was created with the vision for a place where children could receive health care in a homely, inspiring and fun environment, that allowed children and their family to relax. Compass Immunology at Greenslopes Private Hospital was established 16 years ago by Dr David Heyworth-Smith. This has grown to become Australia’s largest group of private Immunologists and Allergists. As more than half of the patients seen at our Greenslopes clinic are children, the need for a children’s only space became more apparent.
This new clinic at 1 Daisy St Grange Qld is special in many ways. The entire fit-out has centred on providing soothing natural spaces that are welcoming to children. We felt that health care in a standard hospital specialist centre is threatening to already anxious children so this clinic has evolved to be the complete reverse of the standard sterile cold medical suites. Natural light flows through and the walls are enlivened by the artwork of Katherine Castle as large murals.
We have an edible garden with our outdoor play area as well as relaxing zones on the verandah where you can enjoy a iceblock with your child before or after the appointment. Lingering is encouraged, and sometimes useful to digest the information provided while the child’s experience of the clinic can be a positive one.
The Daisy Street Kitchen will soon be functioning. This commercial kitchen space in the heart of the clinic will provide allergen-free food options as well as regular cooking classes for families dealing with allergies.
Jessica Hadju is a speech pathologist and lactation consultant at Compass Kids Clinic. She specialises in problems with infant feeding including breast, bottle feeding and transitioning from puree to solids, lumps and finger foods, chewing food, oral aversions and fussiness as well as unclear speech, delayed understanding skills, delayed talking & stuttering.
Dr Marion Thomas is a wonderful General Paediatrician with more than 25 years experience. Her areas of interest include care of the newborn, especially new parents with difficulties with feeding and settling, childhood growth, nutrition and obesity, development and behaviour and co-ordinating care for complex and special needs children particularly children with multiple diagnoses or on the Autism spectrum.
Dr Kathryn Heyworth is a General Practioner with a higher degree in childhood food allergy diagnosis and management and childhood nutrition. Previously, Kathryn has worked as a Paediatric General Practitioner and in Children’s Emergency medicine at the Mater Childrens’ Hospital, South Brisbane for over a decade. She holds a Diploma of Child Health and a Master’s degree in Allergy Medicine from Imperial College, London, UK. Kathryn has a passion for enabling children to achieve their optimal health.
Jillian completed her Masters in Nutrition & Dietetics in 2000 and Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Dietetics in 2003. She joined Compass Immunology as a specialist Allergy Dietitian in October 2014 and has been an extemely valuable addition to our team.
Jillian’s interests include: Food Allergy & Intolerances in all ages including Low FODMAP diets. Paediatric services including Fussy Eaters, Faltering Growth, Coeliac disease, Constipation & Weight management.
Referrals under the Enhanced Primary Care plan welcomed.
Dr Mariana Melo specializes in paediatric allergy and clinical immunology. Dr Melo has an impressive international CV.
She has been practicing medicine in Australia since 2008 and began training in general paediatrics at the Mater Children`s Hospital. She has since completed a Fellowship in Paediatric Immunology & Allergy at the Lady Cilento Children`s Hospital (now QCH), where she currently works as a Consultant.
Mariana completed her MBBS at the Federal University in Brazil in 2002. She completed General Paediatric & Immunology/Allergy/ Rheumatology training at the University of Sao Paulo in 2005. She has undertaken research in Immunobiological at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London 2005/06.
As a mother of 2 children with allergies, including one with food allergy/anaphylaxis, eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinitis, she understands firsthand the challenges of caring for children with allergic conditions.
Mariana’s aim is to provide the highest quality of care for children with allergic conditions, to bring normality to their lives and help them and their families live a happier life.