AIFA Board


Dr Melanie Wong

Dr Melanie Wong MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACP FRCPA
Paediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy Specialist, co-Head of Department Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Children's Hospital Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Melanie's clinical and research interests include all aspects of primary immune deficiencies (PIDs), including newborn screening, genetic testing, collecting data on a register and transplantation. She has published many studies in this area.

She completed her medical degree from the University of Sydney in 1986. Following 6 years of formal paediatrics training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Camperdown, she completed a further 5 years of training in immunology, allergy and immunopathology. Her immunopathology training included experience in adult medicine at Westmead and Royal Prince Alfred Hospitals in Sydney.

Melanie has been a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) since 1996 and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) since 1998.

Joining the Australasia Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA) in 2001, Melanie has been a member of the ASCIA Executive since 2006, as Honorary Secretary, Treasurer and President. She is a member of the ASCIA Immunodeficiency committee. Her extensive experience on the ASCIA Executive team and her clinical and research expertise in paediatric immunology will be of great benefit in guiding the future development of the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia. 


William Smith

Dr William Smith MBBS (Hons) PhD FRACP FRCPA
Specialist Immunology and Allergy Physician and Immunopathologist, Adelaide, South Australia

William has more than 20 years of experience as a specialist Immunology and Allergy physician. He currently works in private practice as well as being a senior staff specialist in the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. His clinical and research interests include allergic rhinitis, allergen immunotherapy, drug allergy, urticaria and angioedema. He has published many studies in allergy and immunology.

William completed his medical degree from Adelaide University in 1985 and completed his advanced training in immunology and allergy in 1993. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) since 1994.

From 1994 until 1996 William gained experience as an Associate Physician and Research Fellow at St Mary's and Charing Cross Hospitals in London, and from 1996 until 1998 at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth, Western Australia.

Joining ASCIA in 1996, William has been a valued member of the Executive since 2009. He is now President. He has also been Chair of the ASCIA Skin Prick Testing and Chair of the Immunotherapy Working Parties. In these roles he has been responsible for developing important manuals and guidelines for medical practitioners and other health professionals.

With his extensive experience in adult medicine and private practice, William brings unique expertise to the Board of the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia. 

Brynne WaisteinDr Brynn Wainstein MBChB, FRACP, PhD
Allergy and Immunology Specialist, NSW

Dr Brynn Wainstein is a paediatric immunologist and allergist working as a staff specialist at Sydney Children's Hospital and in private practice in Sydney.

Brynn completed his medical degree in South Africa in 1996 and his internship at Baragwanath Hospital in 1997. He migrated to Australia in 1999. Following 3 years of basic training in paediatrics Dr Wainstein then undertook a further 3 years of specialist training as an allergist and immunologist at Sydney Children's Hospital. Dr Wainstein has been a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians since 2005.

Brynn's clinical and research interests include allergic disease such as food allergy, anaphylaxis and urticaria as well as immune deficiency and inflammatory disorders. He holds a PhD from UNSW (2010) on the topic of "Diagnostic testing for peanut allergy and predictability of peanut anaphylaxis". He has published many peer-reviewed articles and has authored several textbook chapters. He has been the recipient of various research grants.

Brynn is actively involved in medical teaching and holds a position as a Senior Conjoint Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has given lectures at scientific conferences and seminars to his colleagues and other medical professionals.

A past Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia (A&AAI), Brynn joined ASCIA in 2004 and is the current Chair of the Anaphylaxis Committee and President-Elect. He has served as the paediatric representative on the Immunology and Allergy Joint Specialist Advisory Committee (JSAC) of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP). In addition Brynn is a valued member of the steering committee for the National Allergy Strategy (NAS) and is co-chair of the NAS Care Working Group. He is also a co-investigator on the NHMRC funded Centre for Food Allergy Research (CFAR).

Jan SinclairDr Jan Sinclair MBChB FRACP
Paediatric Clinical Immunology Allergy Specialist, New Zealand

Dr Jan Sinclair attended medical school at the University of Auckland, and completed most of her paediatric training in Auckland at Princess Mary Hospital. In the mid1990s she undertook training in Paediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology through the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas. She became a fellow of the FRACP in 1996.

In 1997 Jan returned to Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, initially as the sole sub specialist in the field. The department now has three specialist senior medical staff, providing care for children with primary immune deficiencies, but also playing a key role in development of services for children with allergy both in the greater Auckland area and throughout New Zealand. Jan is Head of the Paediatric Department and also works in private practice in Auckland.

Dr Sinclair has been a member of ASICA since 1998 and became a Director in 2015, having served on the ASCIA Anaphylaxis Committee and the ASCIA Immunodeficiency Committee. AIFA is very pleased to have such a diligent and passionate representative in New Zealand.

Michael O'SullivanDr Michael O'Sullivan MBBS FRACP FRCPA D(ABMLI)
Consultant Immunologist at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and PathWest Laboratory Medicine WA

Dr Michael O'Sullivan graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Western Australia in 2003 and worked in Western Australia, New South Wales and the UK during his time as a doctor-in-training. He completed his specialty training in Clinical Immunology and Allergy, and Immunopathology, in 2012 and spent 10 months as an Immunopathology Fellow at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado. Returning to Perth in 2013, he worked at Fremantle Hospital as a Consultant Immunologist (now relocated to Fiona Stanley Hospital) and subsequently also joined the Immunology Deapartment at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. In 2015 Michael was certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology, and is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Western Australia, and an Honorary Research Fellow at Telethon Kids Institute.

Michael's clinical and laboratory practice spans paediatric and adult allergy and immunology, providing a broad and diverse experience to help identify the current challenges facing patients with allergy and other immune diseases. Serving on the ASCIA Immunodeficiency Committee and the ASCIA Drug Allergy Working Party strengthened his connections within the national medical body and he was elected as a Director of ASCIA in September 2016. 

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