Dr Margie will address common and interesting questions about child and adolescent health through her blog from the perspective of a busy doctor, researcher and mother. Being part of the Melbourne Children’s campus gives her a unique opportunity to share her insights as well as the views, practices and research discoveries of the clinicians, students and researchers she works with.

DrMargie_FBDr Margie Danchin is a general paediatrician who specialises in immunisation and is mum to four school-aged children. She treats both inpatients and outpatients at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH), where she has worked since 1997, and sees children in her clinic in the community.

Beyond her work as a doctor, Dr Margie contributes to child health through research at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and the education of medical students from The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics. Both organisations are collocated with the RCH on the Melbourne Children’s campus.

As a post-doctoral researcher at MCRI, Dr Margie’s interests include: vaccines, particularly clinical trials of new and established vaccines; vaccine hesitancy and the development of new approaches to addressing parents’ concerns regarding immunisation; international child health, particularly diarrhoea and pneumonia; and common high impact paediatric problems such as sore throat and food allergy.

In addition to supervising and teaching students, Dr Margie provides education about vaccines to nurses, GPs and parents in the community. Her teaching focuses on understanding parents’ attitudes, beliefs and concerns about vaccinations, and how health care providers can address them.

Dr Margie appreciates that striking a balance between career and family life is challenging at the best of times. She juggled working part-time for a year as a paediatric fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, while completing her PhD and raising two small children. She then looked after her children for a year in Vancouver while her husband completed his surgical fellowship there, before returning to the RCH.

Dr Margie loves going on bike rides and surfing with her kids, who range from Prep to Year 7 at school.