Desiree Silva

Desiree Silva is the professor of paediatrics at the University of Western Australia and Joondalup Health Campus. Desiree qualified as a doctor in the UK and completed her paediatric specialist training in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. She has a strong interest in neurodevelopmental disorders with over 20 years experience in managing children diagnosed with ADHD, autism, anxiety and developmental disorders. She completed a PhD on the early environmental risk factors and education and justice outcomes for children and youth diagnosed with ADHD. Desiree is a member of the scientific committee for the World ADHD Congress, Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural Paediatric Society of Australasia (NBPSA) and on the professional advisory board for LADS. She regularly is an invited speaker at national and international conferences on various aspects of ADHD research. Desiree is the project director for the ORIGINS study, which is a collaborative initiative between the Telethon Kids Institute and Joondalup Health Campus to establish a new birth cohort in Western Australia that may provide a better understanding of early pre-programming of neurodevelopmental disorders which include ADHD. She is a strong advocate for children and their families who require support during their journey through life.