Walker, Amanda (Mandy)

  • Walker, Amanda

    Dr Amanda (Mandy) Walker graduated from Monash University in 1984.

    Summary of work career

    Once upon a time I was a general paediatrician and paediatric nephrologist. I trained at Monash Medical Centre, The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), Toronto HSC and completed MD (Research) at Monash Uni.

    In 1996 I returned to Melbourne, set up a busy private practise and was appointed as Head of Paediatric Renal Unit, MMC. Over the years Lil Johnstone and I strengthened links with the Adult Nephrology Unit MMC and with RCH Nephrology. We established shared appointments, clinics, weekend rosters and an educational program. We also developed a comprehensive continence service with general paediatricians, continence physios and nurses based at Kingston Hospital.

    Whilst at Monash, I developed an interest in medical education. I led the development of Monash Uni’s Yr. 4 MBBS curriculum (O&G, Psych, General Practice and Paediatrics) and contributed as a DPPT and National Examiner for RACP.

    I was appointed as HOD Nephrology, RCH in 2011. During the next 8 years the Unit expanded from 2 to 7 Nephrologists and all SMS were supported to complete PhD or MD (Research). The team now has internationally recognised research and clinical expertise in general nephrology, renal genetics, transplantation, pharmacology, qualitative research and transition to adult care. The renal transplantation team has been reconfigured (now led by Josh Kausman) and a renal genetics service was established (led by Cathy Quinlan).

    In more recent years, I helped establish the first paediatric apheresis service in Australia bringing together haematology, oncology, nephrology, cell therapies and dialysis nurses to offer RBC exchange, stem cell collection, plasma exchange and photopheresis. This is now led by Anthea Greenway and is establishing an international reputation.

    Retirement and current interests

    Like many of my generation, I see climate change as THE challenge of the future. I have contributed to the RCH environmental sustainability committee representing Medical Staff Association and have advocated strongly for the creation of appropriate infrastructure to support the many grassroots projects underway at the RCH. 

    Whilst I have retained an Honorary position at the RCH, I spend most of my time pursuing a beach lifestyle at Phillip Island and look forward to welcoming many visitors in the future.