Keynote Speakers

Ms Evelyn Culnane

Evelyn leads Transition to Adult Care at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne, managing an integral hospital-wide service which cares for over 1600 patients annually across all disciplines and partnering with paediatric and adult health services, general practice and the community.

Evelyn’s leadership in the field of transition care has resulted in positive outcomes for patients and their families including the implementation of a new model of care for young people with an Intellectual Disability and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder with mental health or behavioural concerns, and her involvement in the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health system for patients with neuro-cognitive or intellectual disabilities with mental illness.

Other recent initiatives include a 3-year international interdisciplinary transition study with Finland, the development of Esophageal Atresia transition care guidelines with the International Network on Esophageal Atresia, an NHMRC project to improve the transition of patients with complex Congenital Heart Disease in Australia and New Zealand and the publication of the Australia New Zealand Fontan Consensus Care Statement.  Evelyn is also Chair of the transition special interest group for Children’s Healthcare Australasia.

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