Twenty six health professionals assisted in writing or reviewing articles for Reflux Reality: A Guide for Families
It has been thoroughly reviewed by highly-credentialed Australian and international experts for every section and subsection. There are five expert author contributors in addition to Glenda Blanch.
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Specific contributions (authorship or review) in italics

Professor Terry Bolin, MD(NSW) BS(Syd) FRACP FRCP(Lond) FRCP(Edin) DCH(Lond),
Conjoint Associate Professor of Medicine, University of New South Wales,
Consultant Emeritus to the Gastrointestinal Unit, Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney,
President, Gut Foundation
Chapter 1 ‘Information on Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux’;
Chapter 2 ‘Medical Information’,
Chapter 13, Section 2: ‘Bowel Disturbances’; and

Professor Anthony G Catto-Smith, MB BS, MD, FRACP, MRCP, DCH, AGAF,
Paediatric gastroenterologist, Melbourne
Director of Gastroenterology and Clinical Nutrition, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Chapter 1, Sections 3, 4, 6, 7 & 8: ‘What Causes Reflux and its Complications?’, ‘What does Reflux look like?’, ‘Complications of Reflux’, ‘Growing out of Reflux’, ‘Common Myths about Reflux in Children’

Chapter 2 Sections 3, 4, 6.6 & 6.9: ‘Reflux is not Always to Blame’, ‘When to Especially Seek Medical Advice’, ‘Multichannel Intraluminal Impedance (MII)/pH Monitoring’, ‘Tracheal Pepsin Assay’; and
Chapter 13 Section 6: ‘ALTE’

Professor (Adjunct) Jeanine Young, FRCNA, PhD BSc (Hons) Adv Diploma Nursing, RGN EM
Neonatal Nurse, Nursing Director – Research, Royal Children’s Hospital and Health Service,
Children’s Health Service District
Adjunct Professor, Research Centre for Clinical and Community Practice Innovation, Griffith University,
Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queensland University of Technology,
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Queensland, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Director of Nursing-Research RCH Brisbane, National Scientific Advisory Panel SIDS and Kids
Authored Chapter 4, Section 1.4 & 2 ‘Positioning for Sleep’ and Chapter 5, Section 2 ‘Additional Settling Strategies’;
Reviewed Chapter 3 ‘An Overview of Managing Reflux’;
Chapter 4 ‘Positioning Children with Reflux’;
Chapter 5 ‘General Information on Sleeping’;
Chapter 11 ‘Introduction to Tube Feeding’; and
Chapter 15 ‘Coping with Reflux’

Professor Hashem B. El-Serag, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine
Chief, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Section, Dept. of Medicine,
Chief, Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes, Health Services Research,
Michael E DeBakey VA Medical Center & Baylor College of Medicine, Texas
Reviewed Chapter 13, Sections 1 & 2: ‘Asthma’, ‘Bowel Disturbances’

Professor Elizabeth Elliott, MD MPhil FRACP FRCPCH FRCP,
Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Sydney,
Consultant Paediatrician, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead,
Head, Centre for Evidence Based Paediatrics, Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Reviewed Chapter 13, Section 4: ‘Eosinophilic Oesophagitis’

Professor Robert Howman-Giles, MB BS MD FRACP DDU
Head, Department of Nuclear Medicine, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Reviewed Chapter 2, Section 6.8 ‘Milk Scan’

Associate Professor Andrew Holland, BSc (Hons) MB BS PhD (Syd) Grad Cert Ed Studies (Higher Ed) FRCS (Eng) FRACS (Paed)
Paediatric Surgeon
Director, Burns Research Institute
Department of Academic Surgery, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, University of Sydney
Reviewed Chapter 11 “An Introduction to Tube Feeding’; and
Chapter 12 ‘An Introduction to Anti-Reflux Surgery’

Associate Professor Roger Hall OAM, MDSC FRACDS FICD
Paediatric Dental Surgeon
Principal Fellow (Hon.) Department Of Pharmacology, University Of Melbourne;
Emeritus Dental Surgeon, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Reviewed Chapter 13, Section 5: ‘Teeth Issues’

Clinical Associate Professor Shyan Vijayasekaran, MBBS, FRACS, Ear Nose and Throat Specialist
Otolaryngologist Head and Neck Surgeon, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, University of Western Australia
Reviewed Chapter 13, Section 3 ‘ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Conditions’

Dr Julie Cichero, BA, BSpThy (Hons) PhD
(Speech Pathologist/Deglutionist) (specialises in feeding and swallowing issues)
Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Research Consultant with the University of Queensland
Previously of Pero Clinic, and No Fuss Feeding and Swallowing Centre
Authored Chapter 6, Sections 1-4: ‘Concerns Regarding Infant Feeding Patterns’, ‘GOR and Feeding Development’, ‘Everyday Feeding-Related Activities for Children’ and ‘Speech Pathology Questions and Answers’;
Reviewed Chapter 2, Section 2: ‘Modified Barium Swallow’;
Chapter 6, Section 2, 3.2, 5: ‘Feeding Difficulties in Breast and Bottle Fed Infants’, ‘Comfort Feeding’, ‘Feeding Issues in Children on Solids’;
Chapter 8, Section 5: ‘Other Developmental Issues’

Dr Heidi Webster, MBBS, FRACP, MPH,
Community Paediatrician, Royal Children’s Hospital & Health Service District
Reviewed Chapter 13, Sections 1, 2 & 6 ‘Asthma’, ‘Bowel Disturbances’ and ‘ALTE’

Dr Sarah Manns, PhD, MSc, LLb (Hons),
Research Fellow, Centre for Clinical and Health Services Research,
School of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England
Reviewed Chapter 3 ‘An Overview of Managing Reflux’;
Chapter 4 ‘Positioning Children with Reflux’;
Chapter 5 ‘General Information on Sleeping’;
Chapter 11 ‘Introduction to Tube Feeding’; and
Chapter 15 ‘Coping with Reflux’

Dr David Manton, BDSc, MDSc, FRACDS,
Senior Lecturer Growth and Development & Paediatric Dentistry,
Convenor, Paediatric Dentistry Program, Melbourne Dental School, University of Melbourne
Reviewed Chapter 13, Section 5: ‘Teeth Issues’

Christine Plover, BPharm (Hons), MClinPharm,
Drug Information & Clinical Trials Pharmacy Department, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Reviewed Chapter 9 ‘Reflux Medication’

Kay Hynes, BPharm, DipClinPharm,
Senior Pharmacist,
Drug Information & Clinical Trials, Pharmacy Department, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne
Reviewed Chapter 9 ‘Reflux Medication’

Julie Maddox, RN, RM, CFHN, Masters in Nursing Clinical Leadership,
Clinical Nurse Consultant, Child and Family Health
Tresillian Clinical Nurse Consultant
Reviewed Chapter 1, Section 5 ‘Common Characteristics of Reflux’;
Chapter 6, Section 1, 3, 3.2 & 6 ‘Breast and Formula Feeding’, ‘Strategies for Feeding Difficulties’, ‘Strategies for Comfort Feeding’ and ‘General Management Strategies for Giving Solids’

Joan Breakey, M App Sc, BSc, Cert Diet, DNFS, TTTC
Specialist Dietitian Allergy & Food Sensitivity
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Authored Chapter 7, Sections 1, 2 & 4: ‘Introducing Solids to a Reflux Infant’, ‘Some Important Ideas to Help Prevent Fussy Eaters’, ‘Is Your Reflux Infant (or Older Child) Food Sensitive?;
Reviewed Chapter 6, Sections 4 & 6 ‘Thickened Feeds/Food Thickeners’ and ‘General Management Strategies for Giving Solids’; and
Chapter 7, Section 3 ‘Introduction to Food Sensitivities’

Fiona Carter, B.App.Sci.(Biol/Biotech) hons., Dip.Clin.Nut.
Medical Biochemist & Clinical Nutrition Consultant
Reviewed Chapter 10, Section 1: ‘Biomedical Intervention and Nutrition’

Felicity Chapman, B.Soc.W. (Hons), Assoc.Dip.C.Counselling
Social worker, counsellor, reflux parent and founder of Mothers Be Heard website
Authored Chapter 14, Section 3 ‘Living with Reflux: Ethan and Tyler’;
Reviewed Chapter 14 ‘The Reality and Impact of Reflux’

Robyn Crapp, RN
Nurse Unit Manager, Medical Imaging Department, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
Reviewed Chapter 2, Section 6.2 ‘Barium Swallow’

Mary da Silva, RN, RM, Ba. Nursing
Nurse Unit Manager, Gastroenterology Unit, Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane
Reviewed Chapter 2, Secti0n 2, 6.1, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6: ‘Discussing Issues with your Doctor’, ‘Fasting for Investigations’, ‘Upper Endoscopy’, ‘pH probe’ and ‘Oesophageal Manometry’
Chapter 3, Section 3: ‘General Home Management Tips”
Chapter 14 ‘The Reality and Impact of Reflux’; and
Chapter 15 ‘Coping with Reflux’

Kylie Simpson, BSc. DBM. DRM,
RISA member/reflux parent
Reviewed Chapter 10 ‘Complementary Medicine’

Leonie Helder,
Bowen Therapist, member BTAWA/BTFA
Reviewed Chapter 10, Section 2 ‘Bowen Therapy’

Heidi McLoughlin, CIMI; AITIM,
Infant Massage Trainer, Infant Massage Information Service
Reviewed Chapter 10, Section 5 ‘Infant Massage’

Trent Sigley, B.App.Sc. (Clin Sc), B.Ost.Sc.,
, Brisbane Osteopathic Centre
Co-authored Chapter 10, Section 7 ‘Osteopathy’

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