NEST's Paediatricians are highly skilled in all aspects of paediatric care and are committed to ensuring the best health outcomes for the youngest members of the family.


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Dr. Gideon Lurie

Consultant Paediatrician

To make an appointment with Dr Lurie, please contact his main rooms on 9886 1722.
Dr Lurie practices from our Elsternwick clinic on Wednesday mornings.

Professional Background/Experience

Dr Gideon Lurie is an Australian trained paediatrician with extensive experience in both general medicine and developmental paediatrics. Gideon graduated from Monash University in 1999 before undertaking paediatric training through the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Medical Centre.  During his advanced training, Gideon worked in both Australia and New Zealand in many different areas of paediatrics.  He completed his paediatric fellowship in 2008.

Gideon is currently a paediatric specialist at Cabrini Hospital, Waverley Private Hospital and Jessie McPherson Private Hospital.  He also has a public hospital position at Sandringham Hospital. Gideon has also presented at paediatric conferences and also been published overseas.

Professional Interests

Gideon sees children up to the age of eighteen years.  He is trained in all aspects of general and developmental paediatrics, but has a particular interest in neonatal and infant health problems.

Personal Interests Outside of Work

Gideon is married to Kate.  They have two children, Harry and Olivia.  When not at work, Gideon enjoys travel, sport and food.

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Dr. Jenny Royle

Immunisation Paediatrician

Dr Royle practices from our Elsternwick clinic on Friday mornings.

Professional Background/Experience

Dr Royle completed her medical training in 1989 through Monash University, Paediatrics training (FRACP 1996) at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. Dr Royle completed a Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Melbourne University in 2002 on ‘Reducing Immunisation Pain’.

Dr Royle is an Immunisation Paediatrician who sees patients referred to her with a range of complex issues relating to immunisations. Families are referred to her for immunisation advice in the context of medical conditions, previous vaccine reactions and heightened concerns around potential immunisation side effects.

She has immunisation experience in the following areas

Immunisation Clinical Advice

  • Children, adults, health care workers
  • Immunisations during pregnancy
  • Immunisations for athletes
  • Immunisation Catch-up Schedules
  • Post exposure immunisation prophylaxis
  • Community needle stick injury
  • Needle phobia
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Families
  • Unimmunised patients who have had a vaccine preventable disease
  • Vaccine failure
  • Vaccine non-responders
  • Tetanus prone wounds

Immunisation Safety

  • Immunisation adverse events
  • Patients with a family history of immunisation adverse events
  • Medical events and conditions arising with a temporal association with vaccination
  • Immunosuppressed patients
  • Patients with underling medical conditions
  • Immunisation errors
  • Families with concerns about immunisation safety


Professional Interests

Dr. Royle is currently continuing her research interests working within a multicentre NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Population Health Research. ‘Immunisation in Understudied and Special Risk Populations: closing the gap in knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach’. Jenny is a member of the ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander vaccination needs’ stream of the CRE. Her contribution to the CRE research group is a project looking at the identification of culturally sensitive approaches to improve immunisation coverage and timeliness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

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Dr. Danielle Freeman

Neonatal Paediatrician
MBBS (Hons), BMedSc, FRACP, GDipHlth&MedLaw

Dr Freeman sees babies up to year of age and works at NEST Elsternwick on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please call NEST reception to make an appointment.

Professional background/experience

Danielle Freeman is a neonatal paediatrician who is passionate about caring for babies and their families in the newborn period. Dani sees babies up to one year of age with a valid referral from a general practitioner or obstetrician. She is also available to meet with parents antenatally if a problem is identified during the pregnancy.

Dani graduated with honours from the University of Melbourne in 2003 and completed her internship at St Vincent’s Hospital before embarking on paediatric training at the Royal Children’s Hospital. During this time, Dani developed an interest in the care of the newborn and completed her subspecialty training in neonatal and perinatal medicine at the Mercy Hospital for Women (which is also where she was born!).

In addition to her broad experience in neonatal intensive care, Dani has worked with the Newborn Emergency Transport Service, stabilising and transporting sick babies from all over Victoria. In 2012 Dani completed a fellowship in neonatology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto before returning to Melbourne to commence private practice. Her interests include antenatal counselling, resuscitation, ethics and patient safety. She has a Graduate Diploma in Health and Medical Law, and is fascinated by the intersection of medicine and the law.

Personal interests outside of work

Outside of work, Dani loves travelling around the world, seeking and creating culinary adventures, photography, going to the theatre and spending quality time with her family and friends.