Dr Suzi Riess

MBBS (Hons) BMedSc (Hons) FRACP

General Paediatrician

Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrician

(Starting at VCC in April 2021)

Clinical interests

Dr Suzi Riess is a general paediatrician, who cares for patients from birth to 18 years old, presenting with a broad range of concerns. She has experience in general and neurodevelopmental-behavioural paediatrics, including sleep and settling problems across the age range, continence and toileting issues, and general management of children with complex, chronic health concerns. She has a special interest in helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, developmental differences, learning difficulties, emotional/behavioural challenges and physical disability including cerebral palsy.

Background and experience

Suzi completed medicine and an undergraduate research degree at Monash University. She undertook specialist paediatric training through the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), as well as a current special committee member for the Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA).

Her research interests include health systems research, health economics, understanding and improving low value health care practices and management of unsettled infants. Suzi’s research work continues with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Practice philosophy

Suzi is passionate about providing holistic and empathic child and family-centred care. As a mother, she understands the joys and challenges of parenting and that each child is unique, requiring individualised treatment. Suzi enjoys collaborating with allied health, primary care, educational and community-based services, to achieve the best outcomes for her patients. Suzi loves working with children and families and believes every child should be supported to meet their developmental potential.