MBBS BMed Sc. FRACP Respiratory and Level II Sleep

Paediatric Respiratory and Sleep Physician

Currently on extended leave.

Clinical Interests

Mandie Griffiths is a paediatric respiratory and sleep physician, working actively in both sleep disorders medicine as well as respiratory medicine. Mandie sees patients with all kinds of sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnoea, narcolepsy and the hypersommnias, behavioural sleep disorders, periodic limb movement disorder and children requiring respiratory support during sleep.

She sees complex respiratory conditions including chronic bronchitis and the suppurative lung diseases, difficult asthma, complex airway disorders and restrictive lung diseases (e.g. neuromuscular disorders which may require ventilation during sleep).

Background and Experience

Mandie is the current clinical lead in sleep medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital and runs the Sleep Unit there. She is also the Paediatric Clinical Lead at the Cabrini Brighton Sleep Unit. She is an honorary Consultant at the Monash Children’s Sleep Centre and the Victorian Respiratory Support Service at the Austin Hospital.

Mandie completed her MBBS at the University of Melbourne. She undertook her general paediatric training at the Royal Children’s Hospital, followed by a 4 yr Respiratory and Sleep Fellowship in three locations (Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, and Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth). She has subspecialist qualifications in respiratory as well as Level 1 and 2 Sleep.

During her fellowship she was accepted into a sleep mini-fellowship program run by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, was awarded the Peter Phelan Travelling Scholarship from the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, and was placed at the Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She presented her fellowship work at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) annual scientific meeting in Philadelphia.

Mandie is a member of the RACP, TSANZ, ASA and Sleep Health Foundation. She is also actively involved in the education and training of junior medical staff and clinical fellows at the Royal Children’s Hospital. She presents regularly at the Australasian Sleep videoconference meetings, contributes to national and international conferences annually, and has recently set up an active international collaboration with the Stanford Sleep Disorders Unit in California, USA.

Practice Philosophy

Mandie loves working as part of a team, communicates regularly with GP’s and other specialists, and believes in multi-disciplinary care for children with complex needs. As a mother of two, she understands family dynamics, as well as the challenge that children’s illness places on parents. She has strong links in the community, in particular with ENT surgeons, psychologists and physiotherapists, and uses these links when needed to optimise patient care.